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Ray Allen gives backstory on feud with Rajon Rondo

Oct 22, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

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Ray Allen isn’t done talking about the Celtics and Rajon Rondo just yet. He should be, he should just stop answering questions about his time in Boston and let his play do the talking, but he’s not.

So in a series of interviews last week, Allen talked more about how he came to leave Boston and his rift with Rondo. Which was overblown but did impact the team to a degree.

Speaking the Miami Herald, he gave some backstory — at least from his perspective — on the well-publicized feud with Rondo. Consider this his version of how everything started to go wrong for him in Boston.


He said the friction with Rondo began in 2009 when Rivers and Celtics president Danny Ainge proposed a trade that would have sent Allen and Rondo to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa and the 14th overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Allen said that, at the time, Ainge and Rivers “didn’t get along” with Rondo.

“So, I called him and I told him, ‘hey they’re supposedly trading us to Phoenix because you and Danny and Doc don’t get along,’” Allen said. “‘So, whatever you can do.’ So, for some reason, I guess he thought that I was … that I had something against him, or there were some issues. And I had no issues with him. I won with him.”

For Allen, that may have been the foundation of everything. However, the real turning point with Allen’s relationship with the Celtics organization is when a trade with Memphis got so far down the road Doc Rivers told Allen he was being traded, only to have that fall apart.

The Rondo/Allen rift, however deep it was, had Boston considering its options with Allen. Rondo is the future of the Celtics. Then Miami comes in with a real courtship of Allen, telling him how they wanted to use him, how their stars needed him. No shock it worked, we all want to be wanted. The key was not the money — Boston offered double — it was about feeling needed and appreciated.

I’d like to think this will fade away, but with the Heat playing the Celtics on opening night, I’m not optimistic.

  1. sellahh - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Seriously, the more I read about Allen, the less mature he seems to be. Dude is nearly 40 and he says a friction started because Rondo said something that he didn’t like? Wow.
    I’ll loveeee seeing Allen sink the Heatles…. well, unless LBJ puts him in his place.

    • vero1402 - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      you have problem with reading comprehension, don’t you?

      • sellahh - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        Oh, I guess that’s what you call an opinion down there wherever you live. “Reading comprehension.”
        That works when you’re trying to pick up a drunk blondie, not in a discussion. But I guess you’re not familiar with the word.

      • nanamarilyn - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        you a teacher? get over it…

      • vero1402 - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        Teacher?You’ve got to live in the dumbest country in the world, because dumb people actually know how to read and base on the quote up there, Rondo didn’t say anything that Ray didn’t like…but you go ahead and be as dumb as sellahh

      • sellahh - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:10 AM

        Yeah. You base everything on 1 quote. Try reading along the lines, dumbass :)

    • jd82482 - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      What article are you reading? Apparently not this one!

    • quancao - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Ray made the right choice. This will intensify the rivalry between the two teams, but he and Rashard made a timely decision with a team on the rise. Celtics have tradition on their side, but they are on the wane and it will take them a couple of years to rebuild. And Ainge will be gone by then.

      • praxisprism - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Rashard and Ray are on the decline, especially. His exit from the C’s actually helped them retool with better parts. Good riddance.

    • sellahh - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:08 AM

      You’re too dumb to even dare call me that dude.
      Try reading along the lines.

      • nobutreallythough - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        *read between the lines

      • reeknow - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        The expression is “reading between the lines.” Reading along the lines doesn’t mean anything.

  2. libertynchurch - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Great. This sure as hell beats kissing at mid-court, ala Magic and Isiah.

  3. paulhargis53 - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    cake: Does anybody really know what time it is?

  4. skins44 - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    If you don’t like the person or have an off the court problem with the person that dictates when and where you get the ball at any given time, OF COURSE you are not going to want to stick around. Stacked with the fact that they tried to trade him 2 times? I have NO problem with Ray moving on. I hope he does really well in Miami. No matter WHAT the reasons are for someone to leave a team that they have been with for 5+ season, people are going to be crying for those reasons. Don’t try and judge Ray. Team chemistry is one of the most important aspects of a great basketball team. It’s like a QB that HATES his wide receiver. You think he is going to want to throw to him if he can avoid it?

  5. indyspeedo - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Shut up and play ball!!!!

  6. bills4 - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Oh I can’t imagine why, we all got time enough to cry.

  7. metalhead65 - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    dear god can this guy be more of a diva? guess what ray?this a business and wjen you are near 40 and playing poorly with a bad ankle and do not get along with the future of the franchise you might get traded if it benefits the team. real pros deal with it and move on not whine and cry about being wanted and respect like the little bitch you are acting like. they gave you all the respect you deserved as well as a big fat contract and offered you double what you got from the about you show some class and respect to the team and fans who loved you during your time there?

  8. tannethrill - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    I’d have no attachment to a team that attempted to trade me multiple times when I was still doing a good job either.

    Can’t shop a life without that life being effected.

    • sellahh - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      Wow, shopping lives really? Grow up already, these guys get paid to play.
      You’d make great buddies with Allen, tho.

      • jd82482 - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        Oh I get it now you had a man crush on Allen and he broke your heart awwww how cute I remember my first crush! Granted mine was a woman and I wasn’t nearly as bitter but hey whatever works for you. I’m not even a heat or Celtics fan and can tell that your acting like a child grow up dude! He took less money to go elsewhere not many players would do that.

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    150 articles about the Celtics and how they are upset/mad/hateful of Ray Allen. Allen gives one interview and he’s the one who needs to stop talking. I’ll agree that he needs to stop talking, but any thought that the Celtics need to as well?

    Or maybe we can get another quote or two from Celtics about how much better off they are with Jason Terry/Jeff Green/Dionte Christmas/ J’Dwaquan Yom Kippur……

  10. dalucks - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    As I have said it before, Ray Allen is a diva.

  11. neelymessier - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Ray Allen had a great run. Now he is fragile. His recent interview about his family got together and it was a “financial decision” was total malarkey. There are many teams that wanted him, he chose the team most likely to beat the Celts for half the money. The man has a grudge, which is cool, if it’s at least an honest grudge.

  12. ibchuck33 - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    That’s the biggest sticking point. The fact that he left the team for their biggest and most direct rival. If Allen had left under the exact same circumstances for say the Clippers, there wouldn’t be the same attention level generated.

  13. nanamarilyn - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Allen has an awesome amount of talent …no argument there…in the past he always seemed to present himself as a gentleman …BUT…the move to Miami throws suspicion upon his REAL character and upon his motives … he can do whatever he thinks best for himself and his family, but if his reasons for going to Miami ARE out of a grudge against the Celtics, it makes one wonder …nobody really knows what went on between Rajon and Ray…except THEM…and we know Rondo has a way of expressing himself that is often considered by others as haughty and superior…well he IS superior in many ways to many players in the NBA…MOST players in the NBA I think…but still, who knows what really happened…I hope BOTH have great seasons…RONDO on the floor…and RAY on the bench..[sorry Ray but you have lost the love of the Celtic Nation…or IS there a Celtic nation even….probably not…well then you lost MY respect…not that that matters a WHIT…but you DID…]

    • raycharlesj - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      Who waste their lives caring about an “ENTERTAINERS” real character??? he’s just a basketball “ENTERTAINER!!!” paid to play basketball his “motivations” are irrelevant, is he good enough to entertain me is all I give a damn about!!!!! John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Pee Wee Herman, etc, All have “character” short comings that didn’t stop them from being successful maybe annoying but still successful!!!! PLAY BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • reeknow - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      WHY do you type like THIS…..there is NO NEED to capitalize every FIFTH LETTER……it doesn’t make your points come across with more emphasis…….but it throws suspicion upon your REAL lack of talent to type in SENTENCES and PARAGRAPHS……of COURSE there is a “celtic nation” they have the biggest fanbase out of any team except for the LAKERS…..

  14. jjordannba - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    That would have been a terrible trade, especially since the Celtics have Barbosa now and his production has been on decline since 2009. So it’s basically Rondo and Ray Allen for just Stoudemire. That would not have made the Celtics better.

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:57 AM

      How in the world did this comment get (currently) 2 thumbs down?? And this is coming from someone who HATES the celtics!

  15. quancao - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    It is a logical choice for him to leave. And once they made the trade for Terry, it was Ainge doing tit for tat. Pierce and Garnett will find out soon enough. Doc deserves a better GM to work with him.

    • jjordannba - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      You’re not too bright

    • passerby23 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Because winning a championship, being a couple bounces away from winning a second, being a quarter away from appearing in another Finals, and then dramatically improving the team for this season on a tight budget is the sign of a bad GM? Could anyone have possibly done better with what they had than Danny Ainge has done?

  16. rocirius - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Ray should have been the #1 option in Boston. He knows that he was the best offensive shooting guard in the NBA during his career and that the Celtics may have won another two or three titles with him if they had used him properly. Since his best days are now behind him, he can’t be faulted for going to the Heat– a team whose system will take better advantage of his current skills.

    He is a player who will never get the credit he deserves, but if the Heat repeat, he will be the main reason. If the Heat get past Boston in the East, they will win again regardless of what happens in the West.

  17. Mr. Wright 212 - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Ray was my guy at UConn (Husky fan), but after his inferiority complex reared its ugly head with regards to Kobe, and now this recent stuff with Boston — I’ve lost a modicum of respect for him.

    • daddyb1gdrawz - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Again, what did he do? He left a team that did not want him. HELLO!!!! Is anyone reading this stuff? THE CELTICS WANTED TO TRADE HIM TWICE. Imagine you were at your job and you heard throught he grapevine, you were going to be fired. You confirmed the rumors but you were never fired. Well, you get another job offer and decide to leave. Can anyone blame you? No. I do not understand you people.

  18. eugenesaxe - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Seriously, he should just shut up and help Miami win a ring. Garnett’s acting a big douche by not even speaking to Allen, now Allen’s whining about how he ended up on possibly the best team in the league. And people worry about rookies being mature enough-it isn’t the rookies who lead the league in immaturity.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:43 PM


  19. 00maltliquor - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    This is gonna make for one HELLUVA ECF matchup, storyline involved!

  20. daddyb1gdrawz - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    A lot of you guys are missing the point. The facts are the Celtics tried to trade Allen twice, TWICE!! Can you honestly fault the man for leaving when he had the chance? What was he supposed to do, resign so that his name be drugged through the trade mud all over again? You guys are dilusional. Ray wanted to remain in the Eastern Conference and Miami is the only other contendor to Boston. Makes sense to me.

  21. kavika6 - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Is anyone surprised? NOBODY can get along with rondo.

  22. kingoortman - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    In my roy jones jr voice yall must of forgot!! This is a business Lil ray ray can go where ever he wants. Lebron went to mia dwight went to la K.g went to boston Shaq went everywhere lol! Lakers got snubbed wit the Cp3 trade by the league.. It’s all business Clearly his choice wasn’t money.. When your family don’t want you anymore you find another family someone will always take you in.. Go freedom of choice!

  23. tominma - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    MANY of today’s NBAtrades are for financial reasons. Peole want expiring contracts so they cna generate more cap room to sign free agents! It isnt personal! Any hopes for another title for this group went down the tube when Perkins knee gave out in the final game of the finals when they were ahead by 13. They never had another chance after that! But, funny how fueds affect teams.

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