Ray Allen says Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have not spoken to him since he joined the Heat
The reverberations from the splitting up of the 2008 Boston Celtics team that won the NBA Finals have spread far and wide from Oklahoma City with the trading of Kendrick Perkins, to Miami with the departure of Ray Allen, to Brooklyn with the departures of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, to of course Boston itself with only Rajon Rondo as the remaining member of that team. With each move, a ton of drama has followed. With the departure of Perkins, the Celtics lost the heart of their defense; with the departure of Ray Allen, they felt like one of their own betrayed them to join the enemy; and with the departure of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the end of an era has come.
But while lot of hurt feelings and pain have followed each of these moves, one would hope that the members of that 2008 team will eventually be able to reunite after their careers are over and fondly reflect on the great memories they had together. At the moment, it doesn’t look like these players are able to do that (at least right now). Ray Allen has told the Boston Herald that since he has left the Celtics, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have not spoken to him:
“They haven’t spoken to me,” Allen said before last night’s game against what remained of his former team. Allen played 24 minutes and had five points with three assists as the Celtics stunned the defending champion Heat, 111-110. …
“For them to be so upset with me is disappointing because of how everything happened,” Allen said. “That banner in 2008 is still going to be there, and we’re still going to be tied to it.
“Look, I have a feeling they were in the same predicament I was in this summer. Even with Doc (Rivers), he had to make a decision that was best for himself. I was in the same situation. I’m happy they were put into the same situation as I was. Anytime you get traded there’s no telling where you could end up. They’re in a situation now where they can contend. Kevin had to make that decision, and that was the predicament I was in.”
Ray Allen certainly paints the picture like he’s this all-forgiving nice guy who is being shafted by the bitter and jaded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. It would be nice to hear Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce’s side of the story. I’m not surprised to hear this, but perhaps there is more to this story than Ray Allen is letting on. Whatever the full truth is, it’s sad to think of these men being on opposite sides of the fence and not being friends anymore. Hopefully time will heal these wounds so they can put their differences aside and rekindle their friendship.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord