Sunday's NBA 75th Anniversary ceremony had a lot of great moments to show for. Be it the cheers when Kobe Bryant's name was called or the meeting between LeBron James and Michael Jordan, fans were treated to a different form of basketball entertainment.
Ray Allen snubs Kevin Garnett
It wasn't just these warm moments that stirred fans' hearts. Ray Allen's alleged snub of former teammate Kevin Garnett sent social media to a frenzy. A decade since Allen left the Boston Celtics for the Miami Heat, Garnett still harbors bitter feelings on the sharpshooter. For diehard Celtics fans, this scene is heartbreaking. But for the rest of the world, it was downright hilarious.
Garnett's feelings are understandable. After all, LeBron James was one of their fiercest rivals during those times. It didn't make sense for Garnett why Allen decided to join forces with a foe. Since that incident, Garnett has slammed Allen through subtle gestures like cropping him out of a photo.
Paul Pierce reveals The Truth
As always, there's another side to the story. On stage, Garnett and Allen literally did not see eye-to-eye. But in a photo posted by Paul Pierce, the two legends were all smiles backstage:
So the question is: has KG forgiven Allen for teaming up with the enemy? On paper, there's really nothing wrong with what he did. He was a free agent and felt that heading to South Beach was the right move at that point in his career. And he was right. He was able to snag one more title, not to mention knock down one of the greatest clutch shots in NBA history.
But there's that unwritten rule which old heads like Garnett subscribe to. It's similar to when players dribble out the ball until the clock expires in a game that's already decided. It is considered unethical to suddenly do a 360 dunk or pad your stats when you've already won the game. In KG's eyes, you just don't switch teams, especially if it's a rival. Your personal goals are trivial when the conversation is about loyalty.
Hopefully, that photo posted by Pierce means that KG and Allen have put their differences aside. Kobe and Shaq made a peace pact after their heated feud. So did Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson. It's proof that the greatest of them all can do it when they actually make an honest effort.