Ray Allen will always be a member of the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics, but the beef between him and his former teammates in Beantown refuses to die. You see, the iconic three-point shooter turned down a contract extension with the Celtics in 2012 to join the Miami Heat (for less money).
Allen won another NBA title while teaming with the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, but his former teammates of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo were at all happy about his departure. The beef is still stewing, even as time slowly appears to be healing some of the wounds — there have been healing words posted on social media, although Allen decided to go golfing instead of attending Pierce’s jersey retirement night earlier in 2018.
Allen has an autobiography book coming out soon, called From the Outside: My Journey through Life and the Game I Love. According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the book contains a few scathing sections about the bitterness between Allen and his former Celtics champions, and how it all got started.
It came up again during the 2010-11 season. In a team meeting, Allen writes, Rondo told his teammates, “I carried all of you to the championship in 2008.”
Allen continued: “The rest of the team, almost in unison, responded, ‘You what?’” Rondo said everyone on the team had problems with him, and when Allen told him, “None of us had issues with you,” Rondo said to him, “You did, too. You told me I was the reason we were going to be traded.”
Deveney goes on to write that the relationship between Allen and Rondo is mentioned multiple times in the book, with Allen even admitting that he’s not sure how the relationship soured so badly (and so quickly). Regardless, one thing is true: Rajon Rondo did not carry any one (and especially not the likes of Allen, Pierce, and Garnett — all future Hall of Famers) to an NBA title.