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Rondo responds to criticism in Allen's upcoming book: "He just wants attention"


Ray Allen has a new book coming out in which he relates stories from his lengthy NBA career, including his five-year, title-winning stint with the Celtics. That period ended in acrimony when Allen defected to the rival Heat in 2012, and according to him, there were some rocky moments along the way, as well, including more than a few involving then-Boston teammate Rajon Rondo.

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo spoke out Sunday regarding former Boston Celtics teammate Ray Allen's upcoming book. He criticized Allen's choice to bring up old problems now and claimed it was just for attention. The only reason he was using Rondo's name was for publicity.

"He just wants attention," Rondo said. "I need actually some sales from [the book], only [publicity] it's been getting is from my name. I need some percentage or something. His people contact my people or something. The only pub I've been hearing about is when he mentions my name."

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"Obviously that man is hurting," Rondo said of Allen. "I don't know if it's financially, I don't know if it's mentally. He wants to stay relevant. I am who I am. I don't try to be something I'm not. I can't say the same for him. He's looking for attention. I'm a better human being than that. I take accountability for my actions.

"Certain [stuff] happens in my life, I man up. But he has a whole other agenda."

But Rondo also told the newspaper he would be open to talking to Allen and trying to mend fences. "I just want to talk to him man-to-man. I don't have a problem with the man," Rondo said.

"I'll be the fall guy, but damn, now you in the book talking about this and that. And for me as a teammate, I probably supported [Allen] more than anybody on the team, all [his stuff] that [he] had going on in Boston. I wasn't mad that he went to Miami."

In excerpts from Allen’s book (set to go on sale later this month) that were summarized recently by Sporting News, Rondo is portrayed as having turned into a difficult player to deal with, for both teammates and coaches in Boston. In his book, Allen reportedly wrote that Rondo, who was drafted by Boston in 2006 and spent eight-plus seasons there, began to assume a leadership status, particularly after the 2008 title, that other Celtics did not feel was entirely warranted.

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