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Doc Rivers says rift between Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett ‘will be fixed’

Dec 8, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen AP

When Ray Allen chose to leave Boston as a free agent and join Eastern Conference rival Miami following the 2012 season, it didn’t sit well at all with two of the Celtics’ biggest stars.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were upset by Allen’s decision, even though he wasn’t guaranteed a thing in Boston and was the subject of multiple trade rumors in his final season there. The grudge is still being held, too, as Allen said earlier this year that neither player has spoken to him since he left.

Things got weirder once Pierce and Garnett were traded to Brooklyn, because since Garnett had to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to be completed, Allen saw that as being similar to what he did because that was a decision to leave, as well.

LeBron James even commented on it; that’s how public this feud got. But Doc Rivers, who chose to leave Boston himself once the rebuilding began, believes that someday the fences will be mended between the three former teammates.

From Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald:

Doc Rivers is willing to mediate the fractured bond between Ray Allen and his basketball brothers who still refuse to talk to him, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

“The Ray/Paul/Kevin thing will be fixed,” Rivers told the Herald of his new lease on life after the Clippers finished their morning shootaround yesterday in Cleveland. “You forgive. Ray had to make a decision for himself. I was upset about it at the time, but he did so many good things for our team. So it will be fixed. If I have to get involved in it myself, I will, though I hope not.”

Rivers has his own issues to repair, at least with a percentage of the team’s fan base. And he’ll get his first crack at it on Tuesday when the Clippers face the Celtics in Boston for the first time since Rivers’ departure.

  1. kinggw - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I’ll bet Clips fans would love for Doc to focus on the team he’s got now and stop worrying about former C’s.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      KG is the scum of the NBA greats.

      Undeniable talent and no one can deny his skills and MVP-level seasons he had.

      As a person, scum and classless. I doubt Ray Allen gives a shhit about KG or Pierce.

    • mydoghasfleez - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Amen to that.

  2. yournuts - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Tell me, who cares about this? I don’t think anyone cares!

  3. seattlenative57 - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    So Ray doesn’t speak to Kevin or Paul. So what? Life goes on. Is this really news or gossip?

  4. unfly - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    If only the same could be said for their play.

  5. chargerdillon - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Ray got a ring, Doc got the Clippers, and KG and Pierce got Jason Kidd.

    There’s only one winner in all of this and they aren’t in New York or LA.

    • omeimontis - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Ray Allen left because he knew Doc Rivers is an incompetent coach. I feel sorry for the Clippers for trading for him, although they thought they were getting KG in exchange for the draft pick.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM


  6. omeimontis - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    there is no rift between Allen and the other two. Ray Allen left because he wanted another championship ring and he saw first hand that Doc Rivers is not capable of doing it. So he took less money and got his ring in Miami.

  7. pastabelly - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Danny is better off with Brad than Doc.

  8. jcrileyesq - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Where was Doc,KG and Piercel’s loyalty when Ainge tried to trade Allen numerous time. When Ainge wanted to break up the
    Big 3 I guess it was ok with those guys.

  9. gymtruthteller - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    They are just jealous that Ray won and they suck

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      I think you’re lying.

  10. miamatt - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Sure it will. After PP and KG go jump in a lake.

  11. stayhigh_247 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    they need to just hug it out, and move on, its over.

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