Former NBA sharpshooter Ray Allen will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Tuesday after playing 18 seasons in the league.
He still doesn’t expect any congratulatory phone calls from former Celtics teammates Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.
When Allen decided to leave the Celtics for the Heat in 2012, it effectively launched an ongoing feud with his former 2008 championship teammates. Though Allen had resolved his issues with Paul Pierce, he told The Athletic’s Shams Charania that he still hasn’t spoken to Garnett, Rondo or Glen Davis.
Neither Rondo’s own jump to LeBron James’ team nor the upcoming Hall of Fame induction have helped break the tensions.
Via The Athletic:
It’s common knowledge that the relationship deteriorated with your old championship Celtics teammates after you left to join Miami in 2012. Where does that stand today?
“I talked to Paul a year ago today, and we patched it out. So much was made about my decision, and they were upset with me because I left for Miami. But it will never change what went on between us in 2008.”
Any communication with KG, Rondo, Glen Davis?
When asked if he expected to hear from Garnett or Rondo after a special accomplishment like the Hall of Fame enshrinement, Allen replied, “No, I don’t expect to.”
Both Garnett and Rondo have spoken about Allen’s departure in the past. During a Celtics reunion in 2017, Garnett explained why he didn’t invite Allen.
“People don’t understand that this is real life for us. The situation with Ray is very sensitive. I think when we all talked about doing this reunion tour, we was talking about guys that we consider loyal, part of this group. Just being honest – my two cent, man. When Ray decided to go to the Heat, I felt like he moved on. He went to pursue another ring. He got another ring – shout to him. And that’s it … It was all Celtics invited to this.”
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