Ray Allen will enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, but he doesn’t expect all of his old teammates from the 2008 Celtics championship squad to celebrate his induction.
The NBA’s all-time 3-point leader won a title as a member of Boston’s “Big Three,” but he was viewed as a traitor after leaving for the rival Heat in 2012. Allen managed to mend his broken relationship with Paul Pierce last year, but he never buried the hatchet with Kevin Garnett or Rajon Rondo.
Despite Allen’s basketball career ending more than four years ago, he won’t be waiting for a call or text full of smiling emojis from any Celtics ahead of his Hall of Fame speech.
“No, I don’t expect to (hear from them)… I talked to Paul a year ago today, and we patched it out,” Allen told The Athletic’s Shams Charania. “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.”
When asked by Charania if he had communicated with Garnett, Rondo or former Celtics forward Glen Davis, Allen gave a one-word answer: “Nope.”
In his 2018 autobiography, Allen details how all of the drama unfolded in the Boston locker room. He had his fair share of petty squabbles with Garnett and Rondo on and off the floor, even going so far as to argue with Garnett about a bill at a steakhouse.
Rondo later said Allen just wanted “attention” to help sell the book. Those comments certainly didn’t help both sides cool down.
Can we find some common ground and just agree Allen is undeniably a Hall of Famer? We can get to the other stuff later.