Just like Rajon Rondo used to set up the fast break for the Boston Celtics, he is setting up a vacation with his former Celtics teammates from the 2008 NBA championship team to celebrate the nearing of the 10-year anniversary of their title. This party, however, doesn’t include an invite to ex-Celtics star guard Ray Allen.
“I asked a couple of the guys. I got a no, a no head shake,” said Rondo to The Undefeated when asked why Allen wasn’t invited.
Allen and Kevin Garnett joined forces with Celtics veteran forward Paul Pierce in the summer of 2007 to form one of the greatest star trios the NBA has ever seen. With a young budding star Rondo as their point guard, Allen, Garnett and Pierce led the Celtics to their first NBA championship in 22 years with their 17th title in 2008. The four were also the key players on a Celtics team that lost in the 2010 NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Allen, a retired 10-time NBA All-Star, has been estranged from Rondo, Pierce and Garnett since his departure from Boston and winning the 2013 championship with Miami.
“It will be a long story about that, but it is what it is,” Rondo, who plays for the Chicago Bulls, told The Undefeated. “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].”
One former Celtics player from the 2008 NBA championship team said of Allen’s exclusion from the party: “I mean, Ray left. He left to the enemy.”
Pierce didn’t comment on the lack of the invitation to Allen when asked about it March 18. But in a 2016 story in The Undefeated, the Los Angeles Clippers forward described Allen’s departure to Miami as “betrayal.”
Not inviting Ray Allen to your little 10 year anniversary gathering may be the pettiest thing in the history of petty. There are 12 year old girls in middle school with birthday parties coming up who’d handle this situation better than this. They’d at least give someone they hate a fake invitation or address and then laugh when they shows up at the wrong place. Actually they’d probably do a lot more meaner things like spread a rumor that Stacy had her period in front of Billy or got pregnant from grinding with Donny at the winter dance. Then laugh at Stacy relentlessly while her social life slowly crumbles until there’s nothing left. All of this is because Stacy didn’t like Amber’s IG post. Ya know, middle school stuff.
I mean if you really wanna stick it to Ray about leaving the Celtics to win two more championships in Miami you invite him to this party. You invite him and make him feel welcome. Let him know everything’s all good. Maybe share a few stories about that time he hit a 3-point shot or laugh about that time KG made Glen Davis cry. Make Ray feel as comfortable as possible. Get Ray so comfortable to the point where he’s working the clit, switching back and forth from his tongue and dick. Then when his eyes are about to roll into his head you drop the bomb on him. And by drop the bomb on him I mean beat the shit out of him because that’s really the only way you could get back at him.
Do you think he really cares about the ’08 Celtics not liking him? Fuck no. Ray won his championship there. He did what he had to do. Then when he realized the Celtics had no chance to win another one he did what every veteran player should do and that’s ring chase. Now he has 3 rings instead of 1.
The majority of the players on that team probably don’t even hate him too. They’re just playing along with this because Rajon Rondo said so. If enough players spoke up about not inviting Ray, Rondo would do what he does best and ruin everything. He would have pouted in the corner and missed free throws. So instead of having to deal with a whiny Rondo they decided hanging out with Ray can wait.
At least Rondo thought about inviting Ray.