Chris Bosh will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in September, and he has made an interesting choice about the person to induct him. Traditionally, the new inductees can choose Hall of Famers to represent them during the program. Some of these presenters may share a story about their relationships or anecdotes. So when Bosh chose Ray Allen and Pat Riley to be his presenters, some were a bit surprised, but most people noticed this would add a unique twist to the ceremony.
Championship bonds are forever
Curiously, Bosh and Allen were teammates for only two years in Miami, but they won a championship together. As they say, championship bonds are forever. Players come and go, and it’s part of the business side of things, but players who won a title together will remain brothers forever.
In the case of Allen and Bosh, they will be forever linked to a crucial play that would eventually lead to a championship. I mean, who could ever forget this sequence?
Without the pass from Bosh to Allen, it’s safe to say the Heat would have lost that series against Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs. It's one of the greatest shots in NBA history. While it remains justified that the power forward would choose one of the all-time great shooters, it will probably be frustrating, to say the least, for Allen’s former teammates in Boston Celtics, who are also going to be in attendance that night for Paul Pierce’s induction.
The animosity between ex-Celtics teammates
Allen, Pierce, and Kevin Garnett will all be in attendance in Springfield, Massachusetts. They won a title together in Boston and shared precious memories. But the trio is not on good terms anymore. At that time, the Celtics and LeBron James-led Miami Heat were heated rivals, and jumping over the fence to join the enemies was just too much to accept for KG and Pierce. When the Celtics had a mini-reunion in 2017, KG admitted he purposely did not invite the 3-point specialist.
“People don’t understand that this is real life for us. The situation with Ray is very sensitive. I think when we all talked about doing this reunion tour, we was talking about guys that we consider loyal, part of this group. Just being honest — my two cent, 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.”
Kevin Garnett, For The Win
Paul Pierce admitted being disappointed at how things went down but added he had no ill feelings towards Ray Allen. It seems like The Truth is closer to a reunion than KG.
“I was initially hurt by the whole way everything went down. Like, I don’t have no beef with none of my teammates. I was just hurt on how it went down. We all came together, we talked about it. We talked everyday. We hung out all the time and then, when it was time for free agency — and to each his own — by I thought we formed a brotherhood here in Boston … That’s what I was hurt about when Ray didn’t at least give us a heads up about it.”
Paul Pierce, For The Win
Allen is a grown man who needs no permission from anyone to decide what’s best for his career and his family. He chose Miami, and although it was an unpopular decision, he won a ring, proving it was a right move all along. Fans are now eager to see if former teammates would greet each other when they cross paths that night. There’s a lot to watch out for other than the induction of basketball greats to the Hall of Fame this September. Stay tuned.