Boston Celtics Rumor: Ray Allen Not Invited To 2008 Championship Reunion According To Rondo
There is a Boston Celtics rumor floating around, and it isn’t about the current team, no this one is on the 2008 team that brought banner no.17 to Boston. The players from that team are planning a vacation together to commemorate their title run together, but one key member of the team is rumored to not being invited to attend, and that player happens to be three point sniper Ray Allen.
Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated recently talked with Rajon Rondo, who was a second-year point guard on that title team. Rondo said the team is planning a vacation together to celebrate the anniversary, but nobody is too interested in inviting Allen.
“I asked a couple of the guys,” Rondo told Spears. “I got a no, a no head shake.”
Rondo later explained to Spears why the bitter feelings still exist:
“It will be a long story about that, but it is what it is. 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].”
An unnamed member of the 2007-08 Celtics told Spears, “I mean, Ray left. He left to the enemy.”
I personally remember when Allen left the team, it was a dagger to that franchise at the time and ended their chances of competing for another NBA Championship. The way it went down, where Allen went, just left a bitter taste in your mouth. I wish Allen the best, but despite his contributions to Boston he should not be given a heroes welcome anytime soon.