Kendrick Perkins has weighed in on the infamous Kevin Garnett-Ray Allen feud that started when the latter left the Boston Celtics to join the Miami Heat in 2012. Allen was a key figure during the Boston Celtics championship in 2008 and the trip to the Finals in 2010. The sharpshooter was a very loved figure in Boston, but everything changed when he decided to take his talents to Miami, where he teamed up with LeBron James and co.
Everything changed for Allen and the people in Boston after that move and one of his best teammates, Kevin Garnett, took offense to that. They stopped talking after Allen joined the Heat and eight years after that moment, things haven't changed between them. Perkins, a former teammate of both players, talked about their relationship and what led Allen to take a different path in the summer of 2012 (29:37).
“Well you know, I wasn’t there when Ray left,” Perkins told Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson, “but I think a part of it is that guys said that Doc [Rivers, their coach] had Ray coming off the bench and I think Ray wasn’t pleased about it."
“I heard when he did join Miami, it was how he did it. He didn’t call anybody, he didn’t hit nobody up; the Celtics had an offer on the table for him, he just didn’t answer the phone. Next thing you know … bam! Everybody’s reading about Ray joining the Miami Heat and so people are like, ‘Got darn Ray! We done been through war together. We don’t get enough respect for you to hit us up?’ so after that, the guys were kinda like, ‘Nah. We cool on Ray.’”
But, unlike the rest of his teammates, Garnett wasn't happy with Allen joining Miami, the biggest rival of the Celtics during those years. Even right now, Perkins doesn't believe Garnett and Allen would meet up unless the rest of the guys set them up.
“I’m telling you, trying to get guys to come to one place; trying to call KG to say, ‘Hey man, we’re going to dinner and oh yeah, Ray’s going to be there…’ nah, It ain’t happening,” Perkins said. “So it’s going to have to happen by accident and I’ma have to set all the guys up, ‘Hey man. Look Ray. I’m going to Vegas. Come meet me out there…’ and I’ma have KG meet me out there too; I can’t just tell him. But doing it intentionally, I don’t see it happening.”
That was something hurtful for Garnett and the Celtics, but everybody has moved on except him. It's time to mend this thing but something extraordinary needs to happen for them to brush this feud off. The 2008 Boston Celtics were a terrific squad and KG and Allen were the pieces that landed there to complement Paul Pierce and win the longed-for NBA title.