Rajon Rondo, the former point guard for the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics squad, apparently has a beef with past team member, Ray Allen. In an interview, Rondo explained that he and other Celtics players from the 2008 team are gathering for a party but Allen is not invited.
Rondo, who currently stars for the Chicago Bulls, is still angered by the fact that Allen moved on to their then-rival team, the Miami Heat. It was written in sports circles that Allen, like many other players have said in times past, bumped heads with the reportedly temperamental Rondo.
Allen took a lower deal than the Celtics offered, even though it could be argued that the three-point specialist helped secure Boston’s lone championship of the 2000s. However, Rondo took issue with Allen taking the Miami offer and the rift hasn’t healed since.
From Rondo’s interview with The Undefeated:
“It will be a long story about that, but it is what it is,” Rondo, who plays for the Chicago Bulls, told The Undefeated. “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 those guys [Miami]. To go with the enemy, that’s unheard-of in sports. Well, it’s not so unheard of. It’s damn near common now.
“The mindset 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 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, Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul Pierce and Memphis Grizzlies’ Tony Allen are the only players from the 2008 team still active in the league. Rondo says he intends to have the party this summer at an undisclosed international location although the 10th anniversary of the win happens next summer.