March 20, 2017

Rajon Rondo Confirms Ray Allen Won’t be Invited to a 2008 Celtics Title Celebration

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Ex-Celtics guard Ray Allen. “I mean, Ray left. He left to the enemy.”

Ray Allen will not be part of a trip that former Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo set up to celebrate the Boston Celtics‘ 2008 NBA championship. Per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Rondo said Allen didn’t receive an invite because there were still hard feelings toward arguably the greatest three point shooter in NBA history for joining the Miami Heat prior to the 2012-13 season:

“I don’t know a good analogy to put this in. It just wasn’t the greatest separation. It wasn’t the greatest thing that could’ve happened to us as a team, a bond. We were at war with those guys [Miami]. To go with the enemy, that’s unheard of in sports. Well, it’s not so unheard of. It’s damn near common now.

The mindset we had. The guys on our team. You wouldn’t do anything like that. It makes you question that series in the Finals … Who were you for? You didn’t bleed green. People think we had a messed-up relationship. It’s not the greatest. But it’s not just me. I called and reached out to a couple of other vets and asked them what they wanted to do with the situation. They told me to stick with what we got [without Allen].”

Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett started the “Big Three”t trend before the 2007-08 season when Allen and Garnett were acquired in separate trades. Rondo was the facilitator for the trio, making four straight All-Star teams from 2010-13, and they would play together for five seasons. The Celtics made the playoffs every year that group was together, winning an NBA title in their first year and winning the Eastern Conference title in 2010.

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