Rajon Rondo Says Ray Allen Not Invited to 10-year Anniversary of ’08 Title Because He Left To Join The Miami Heat
Before Kevin Durant lost to the Golden State Warriors in the Conference Finals and joined them that following offseason, it had already been done before by a well-known player almost 10 years earlier.
It’s been almost a decade since the Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals to capture their 17th title in franchise history. We all remember Kevin Garnett shouting to the heavens, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE”. It was a great moment.
Next year will mark the 10-year anniversary of that moment and now-Chicago Bulls PG Rajon Rondo is planning a celebratory trip for all his championship teammates, with one notable person missing.
Despite being a huge part of that team and capturing that title, Ray Allen still has not been forgiven by many of those Celtics players for jumping ship in the summer of 2012 to join the rival Miami Heat, who the Celtics hated at that time.
“I asked a couple of the guys. I got a no, a no head shake,” Rondo told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, when asked why Allen hasn’t been invited to the celebration.
“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 (the Heat). To go with the enemy, that’s unheard of in sports.”
After thinking about the Durant-OKC situation, he corrected himself.
“Well, it’s not so unheard of,” he corrected. “It’s damn near common now.”
Rondo isn’t the only one who was angered by Allen’s move. Many other players on that ’08 squad are still bitter about that decision he made 5 years ago.
“The mindset we had. The guys on our team. You wouldn’t do anything like that,” Rondo said. “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).”
Rondo said he would’ve “went with the team” if the consensus was for Allen to be invited. But, as another member of the 2008 Celtics – who chose to remain anonymous – told Spears: “Ray left. He left to the enemy.”