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Ray Allen reacts in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the . His relationship with Rondo was 'pretty bad for some time.'. Ray Allen has a book coming out and the broken relationship between him and Rajon Rondo is one of the most fascinating parts. Ray Allen's departure from Boston and landing in Miami continues to a free agent – claims that their acrimonious relationship was overblown.
Former Celtics guard Ray Allen details broken relationship with Rajon Rondo in book
Allen declared for the NBA Draft and was expected to be a lottery pick. Just hours before the draft, he received a call from Red Auerbach — then president of the Celtics — who told him the team would take him if he was still on the board. Boston had the sixth overall pick, behind the 76ers, Raptors, Grizzlies, Bucks, and Timberwolves. Allen said he immediately started crying after returning to his hotel room.
He, once again, felt unwanted. When the Seattle Supersonics drafted Kevin Durant over a decade later, they also dealt Allen in a trade on the very same night.
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Just like that, I was on the move again. Plus, I would be only an hour from family and friends in Connecticut. To make matters worse, he caught wind of the trade from the media instead of the team.
Once they were on the same team, however, things quickly took a turn. As franchise players, we were used to having our way. Despite their very apparent differences, Allen said he would elect to play with Garnett out of all his past teammates from both college and the NBA. He was sure to express his disapproval to Pierce, who eventually no longer joked about taking it easy.
The day before the Celtics took off for Rome to play a few preseason games, coach Doc Rivers asked Allen, Garnett, and Pierce to meet him at his apartment at 8 a. Winning one is lucky. Winning two, now you would be doing something. They come back and want more minutes and more shots.
Davis wanted more touches, but proceeded to take shots before the team was able to develop any kind of rhythm. Too often we had to remind guys to move the ball around, instead of looking out for themselves. According to Allen, he and Rondo had multiple spats throughout his final three seasons in Boston. The deal never ended up happening, but Rondo brought up the issue before practice one day. It's the size of a little coffin. You just get in it, zip it up and you're good. But now I'm so used to it I'm asleep in a matter of minutes.
He said his talks with the younger guys mostly center on social media and "the things I did before Twitter and Instagram. Do you want to be good, or do you want to be great?
Because if you want to be great, you gotta do it every single night, not just when you feel like it. But sometimes I'm not sure they realize what it takes. Some days he did, some days he didn't. I think it's more this generation. A lot of these players have been catered to since the sixth grade. The NBA is changing so much. It's not like when I came up, with that old-school mentality that practice really mattered. You've got these 24, 25 year old guys who sit out of practice now to rest.
It's hard for me to understand, but I'm trying. In his previous six games before he finally took a seat, Pierce was shooting just The Wizards plugged in former No. If he came to practice ticked off and to the games ticked off, he'd be fine. But it's hard to get Otto mad. I should punch him one day just to get him riled up. We were all good friends on the court, but Ray always did his own thing. That's just the way Ray was.
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Even when we were playing together, we'd be having a team dinner and Ray wouldn't show up. We'd go to his charity events but Ray wouldn't show up to somebody else's. They bring up Christmas Day performances that Pierce had long forgotten. The camaraderie, he said, is refreshing.Kobe Bryant's beef with Ray Allen was short, but haunted Kobe for years
Though much has been made of it, Pierce said, people don't understand he wasn't all that close to Allen to begin with. I said, 'Man, Ray, we support all your stuff but when we ask you, you don't come to ours.
You don't have to like everybody you play with -- it's a matter of showing support. We had a great relationship on the court.
But even the year we won it, after a game we'd say, 'Let's go have something to eat and have a night with the older guys. In a lot of ways, me, Sam and Kevin were our Big Three. Everyone made such a big deal of us not talking after we left, but there really wasn't much there. Like most veterans, Pierce has his fair share of regrets. He wishes he paid closer attention to his body in his younger years, and wishes he was paired with KG sooner "so we could have made a longer run together.