This weekend, Ray Allen will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and congratulations will flow to one of the greatest pure shooters the game has ever seen. His teammates from Milwaukee will praise him, LeBron James and the rest of the Maimi Heat will thank him for “the shot”…
And Allen expects there will be crickets from his 2008 Celtics teammates, with whom Allen won a title. Paul Pierce may be the lone exception.
Those players — particularly players like Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett — are bitter that Allen bolted Boston for Miami and the rival Heat. The Celtics’ coach of that era, Doc Rivers, has tried to mend the fences and told ESPN’s Chris Forsberg he is frustrated that those guys cannot move on and get along a decade later.
“As years have gone on, things have been fractured, and I hate it. I hate seeing it,” Rivers said Tuesday while in Boston for the annual ABCD Hoop Dreams fundraiser that he runs with current Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “I would love this [to be a] celebration for Ray. Not a lot to say here about it. Ray won us a title. He really did.