In 2008 the Boston Celtics won their 17th NBA championship, which was their first title in 21 years. The ten year anniversary is soon coming up, and the starting point guard from that team, Rajon Rondo, who now a member of the Chicago Bulls, is planning to host a reunion this upcoming summer. Rondo said he will get the entire team together and go on a vacation.
However, there will be one player that will not receive an invitation to this vacation reunion, and that is Ray Allen. Allen was the starting shooting guard on the 2008 team. He, along with Kevin Garnett joined Paul Pierce and the Celtics in the summer of 2007, via trades from the Minnesota Timberwolves and the forgotten Settle Supersonics.
Allen, Garnett, and Pierce formed what we all know today as “The Big Three.”
The Celtics were an immediate powerhouse, making the NBA Finals twice in 2008 and 2010. They also made it to the Eastern Conference Finals that which went to seven games, in both the 2009 and 2012 seasons.
Each year, the Celtics were contending for a championship. However, after the Celtics lost to the eventual champion Miami Heat in 2012, Ray Allen did the unthinkable (at that time) and joined the Heat for the 2012-2013 season.
Many players were upset with Allen leaving and joining the Heat. In the NBA opener that year, the Celtics played the Heat. Garnett was seen ignoring Allen, as he went to greet his old teammates.
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When asked by the Undefeated if Allen would be invited, Rondo said “I asked a couple of the guys. I got a no, a no head shake.”
Rondo also said, “The mind-set 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 [Allen and I] 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 also said that they will be going out the country to spend quality time with each other.
The Celtics lost in the first round of the 2013 playoffs vs the New York Knicks. As for Allen, he went on and hit one of the most clutch shots of all-time and got himself another ring.
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