The 2008 Boston Celtics have already established their place in the lore of greatest NBA teams. But unlike other championship units, the core of that Celtics team is no longer talking to each other like they didn’t make something remarkable together. That’s according to one of its key figures, Ray Allen.
There’s no connection in Boston
Some may not know, but the poetry in motion of the 2008 Celtics on the court, began and ended on the court. Of course, there was drama as clashes were inevitable if you put a group of future Hall of Famers on one team. It is said that it even reached a crescendo when Allen left Boston for the Miami Heat in 2012.
However, that’s not how Allen sees it. Ray-Ray said regardless of what the issue was with his move to Miami, the fact of the matter was that he, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo just stopped connecting with one another. For Allen, that along already speaks volumes about how they let their ego and pride got the better of them, and it breaks his heart.
“We don’t talk, sadly,” Allen told NBA.com. “I remember after we won in 2008, something that Kevin said, that we’re going to be brothers for life, that this is going to keep us bonded. Rip Hamilton and I are UConn brothers and champions and we’re connected for life. When he won in 2004 with the Pistons, they stayed connected and bonded. That’s something we’ve done a poor job as Celtics, keeping that bond connected.”
“It’ll take cooler heads to prevail and for guys to say, ‘What are we mad about?’ There are so many other things happening in the world. We got to preach unity and togetherness, and for me, that’s always been my mantra. I don’t like the fact we haven’t talked. At some point, I’m sure we will have conversations and move this stuff past us,” he added.
Maybe it’s just Ray-Ray
Pierce once shared his side of the story. As per “The Truth,” he and the rest of the Celtics players were always flummoxed because Allen always wanted to be distant. In fact, Pierce said, on more than one occasion, that Allen wasn’t even the real third member of Boston’s Big 3.
Speaking or not, whatever the deal was, at least Allen and his former co-stars don’t hate each other.
It can be recalled that Pierce and Allen gave each other some love at the NBA 75 team ceremony. During Garnett’s jersey retirement, KG acknowledged Ray-Ray’s presence and the Big 3 hugged each other in front of the Celtics faithful.