Report: Ray Allen not invited to Celtics’ 2008 NBA title celebration

01 June 2012: Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen (20) is seen during the first half of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals playoff series, Heat vs Celtics, at the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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According to a Monday morning report from Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, it appears that former NBA shooting guard Ray Allen will not be participating in the Boston Celtics’ celebration of their most recent NBA title. With the 10-year anniversary of the accomplishment from 2008 coming up, former Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo told The Undefeated that Allen will not be attending the festivities.

“I asked a couple of the guys. I got a no, a no head shake,” said Rondo, via the aforementioned Spears.

Allen, along with heralded big man Kevin Garnett, originally teamed up with forward Paul Pierce in the summer of 2007. With the “Big Three” coming to life in Boston, it only took one year for the Celtics to become the best team in the league.

“It will be a long story about that, but it is what it is,” added Rondo, who now plays for the Chicago Bulls. “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 that 2008 team also added, “I mean, Ray left. He left to the enemy.”

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