Members of the 2008 Celtics team slammed Ray Allen Monday in a joint appearance on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” segment on TNT, telling viewers they still feel betrayed over Allen’s decision to sign with the Heat in free agency.
On Tuesday, Allen responded. Well, kind of.
The future Hall of Famer posted a picture to Facebook that shows him bodying up Rajon Rondo –– the teammate who reportedly holds the most animosity against Allen. Above the picture, Allen says it’s important to “push limits.”
Allen’s ex-teammates were a lot more direct about the falling out Monday. Garnett inferred he no longer considers the 10-time All-Star to be a true Celtic.
“Everybody’s asking us, ‘Where’s Ray?’ People don’t understand that this is real life for us,” he said. “The situation with Ray is very sensitive. I think that when we all talked about doing this reunion tour, we were talking about guys who we consider loyal and part of this group. Just being honest, my two cents, when Ray decided to go to the Heat, I felt like he moved on. And he went to pursue another ring, he got another ring, shouts to him. And that’s it. There was no other Wizards, it wasn’t no other Spurs, it wasn’t no other Heat. It was all Celtics invited to this.”
Paul Pierce was perhaps the most poignant, saying Allen didn’t even alert them he was leaving town.
“I was initially hurt by the whole way everything went down. … I thought we formed a brotherhood here in Boston. Just how we carried ourselves, not only on the court, but off the court,” he said. “And I just figured if it was me leaving or KG leaving, then I would have been like, ‘Rondo, Perk, Baby, this is what I’ve been thinking about.’ That’s what I was hurt by when Ray didn’t just at least give us a heads-up about it.”
Allen won his second championship when the Heat bested the Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals. He nailed a game-tying three-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining in Game 6, which saved Miami’s title chances.
The Celtics finished 41-40 that year and lost a first-round series to the Knicks. It was Garnett and Pierce’s final season in Boston.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog