Ray Allen and Rajon Ronda do not like each other. This is an established fact, despite the duo winning an NBA championship together with the Boston Celtics in 2008. Allen unceremoniously dumped the Celtics and signed with the Miami Heat, leading to a lot of resentment between him and the likes of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo. Allen couldn’t even be bothered to show up for Pierce’s jersey retirement night earlier this year, choosing to spend the day on the golf course instead.
Allen has a new autobiography coming out soon, called From The Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love. Some media outlets received early copies to review, and have focused on a few scathing things Allen has to say about Ronda during their time together in Boston. In particular, Allen accused Rondo of claiming to “carry the team” to their NBA title, despite playing on the same court with three surefire Hall of Famers.
Obviously, someone asked Rondo how he felt about those passages, and the current member of the New Orleans Pelicans responded with an equally petty clapback.
“He just wants attention,” Rondo said. “I need actually some sales from [the book], only [publicity] it’s been getting is from my name. I need some percentage or something. His people contact my people or something. The only pub I’ve been hearing about is when he mentions my name.”
“He’s been retired for whatever years and now he comes out with a book,” Rondo said of Allen. “People do that in that situation they need money. He should have hit me up and asked me for a loan or something. It’s no hard feelings.”
Rondo went on to say that he wished he could talk to Allen “man-to-man” and reminded everyone that Allen was extended an invite to a recent championship reunion party (which he turned down).
The beef continues, with no end in sight. Frankly, I’m looking forward to Ray Allen’s Hall of Fame speech to hear what kind of subtle shade he will throw at Rondo.