The 2007-08 Boston Celtics were one of the most dominant teams in recent NBA history, and they are planning to come together to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their 2008 NBA championship.
Ray Allen averaged 17.4 points per game that season for the Celtics, but he apparently won’t be invited to the reunion because he left to join the Miami Heat from 2012-14.
During an interview with Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com’s The Undefeated, Rajon Rondo said he doesn’t want Ray Allen to celebrate the championship with them.
“I asked a couple of the guys. I got a no, a no head shake,” Rondo said.
“It will be a long story about that, but it is what it is,” Rondo, who plays for the Chicago Bulls, told The Undefeated. “I don’t know a good analogy to put this in. It just wasn’t the greatest separation. It wasn’t the greatest thing that could’ve happened to us as a team, a bond. We were at war with those guys (Miami). To go with the enemy, that’s unheard-of in sports. Well, it’s not so unheard of. It’s damn near common now.
“The mindset we had. The guys on our team. You wouldn’t do anything like that. It makes you question that series in the Finals … Who were you for? You didn’t bleed green. People think we had a messed-up relationship. It’s not the greatest. But it’s not just me. I called and reached out to a couple of other vets and asked them what they wanted to do with the situation. They told me to stick with what we got (without Allen).”
Allen played two seasons for the Miami Heat, and he famously hit a game-tying 3-pointer with five seconds left in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. The Heat went on to win the NBA title that season.
Even still, Allen was an integral member of the Celtics’ title run, and it will be odd to see that team celebrate without him.
Allen was able to secure another championship by going to Miami, which most people would probably value over attending a 10-year reunion. Perhaps his former teammates can forgive him eventually.