There’s nothing like that FU feeling when you aren’t invited to a reunion filled with people you thought were friends. Ray Allen might be feeling that right now after hearing Rajon Rondo is planning a a 2008 Boston Celtics Championship team reunion without him. Then again, Ray and Rondo weren’t exactly buddies.
Per Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated, here’s what Rondo had to say about the greatest shooter of all-time (yep!) divorcing Rondo, KG, The Truth and the rest of the 2008 Celtics to join the “enemy.”
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].
According to Ray in a 2012 interview with the Miami Herald, his relationship with Rondo started back in 2009.
The friction with Rondo began in 2009 when Rivers and Celtics president Danny Ainge proposed a trade that would have sent Allen and Rondo to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa and the 14th overall pick in the 2010 draft.
Allen said that, at the time, Ainge and Rivers “didn’t get along” with Rondo.
“So, I called him and I told him, ‘hey they’re supposedly trading us to Phoenix because you and Danny and Doc don’t get along,’ ” Allen said. “ ‘So, whatever you can do.’
“So, for some reason, I guess he thought that I was … that I had something against him, or there were some issues. And I had no issues with him. I won with him.”
Now, Allen says if Rondo “had issue with me, that’s on him.”
So it’s no surprise Ray Allen wont be getting any invites from Rondo but this story does give me an excuse to share my favorite ItsReal85 video (starts at 43 second mark), with KG planning to kill Ray Allen for wanting to leave Boston.