Legendary NBA shooter and former Celtics guard Ray Allen will be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame this week.
It’s a no-brainer of an honor for a player with four addresses in his illustrious career, and a player that retired with the most three-pointers in NBA history (Allen’s 2,973 makes from behind the three-point line were 413 more than Reggie Miller) and two NBA championships. Allen’s greatest impact undoubtedly came in 2008, too, when he finally reached the top of the basketball mountain by way of an NBA title as the third member of the Celtics’ 21st century Big Three.
But Allen’s exit from Boston, which saw him leave the Celtics and bolt directly to the team’s biggest rival, effectively ending the Big Three’s championship window in Boston, has not come without long-lasting consequences for No. 20.
Ones that Allen expects to bleed into his Hall of Fame induction weekend celebration.
In a sitdown with The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Allen admitted that he doesn’t expect to hear from some of his Celtics teammates at any point during his induction weekend, namely Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett.
“No, I don’t expect to,” Allen admitted to Charania. Charania then asked Allen if he’s had any sort of communication with Garnett, Rondo, or Glen Davis, to which Allen responded with a quick, “Nope.”
The continuation of the feud between Allen and Garnett-Rondo is far from shocking.
Garnett first said that he deleted Allen from his phone when he moved from the Celtics to the Heat, and it’s worth noting that Garnett did not invite Allen to the 10-year anniversary get together of the 2008 Celtics on KG’s ‘Area 21’ feature.
“People don’t understand that this is real life for us,” Garnett said about excluding Allen on Area 21. “The situation with Ray is very sensitive. I think when we all talked about doing this reunion tour, we were talking about guys that we consider loyal, part of this group. Just being honest. My two cents, 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 [reunion].”
Allen also claimed in his recent autobiography that his tensions with Rondo even hit the point where Rondo outright told Allen that he was going to get him traded out of Boston in the offseason.
Little has been done to remedy those issues, it appears, as Allen was noticeably missing from Paul Pierce’s number retirement ceremony this past February, which noticeably featured Rondo, Garnett, and Doc Rivers sitting courtside.
But Allen, who was golfing with George Lopez on the day of Pierce’s retirement ceremony, insists that his issues with Pierce have been resolved since the two reunited on a Sept. 2017 trip to China.
“I talked to Paul [Pierce] a year ago today, and we patched it out,” Allen acknowledged. “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.”