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Ray Allen Doesn't Expect Former Boston Teammates To Be At Hall Of Fame Induction

AP Photo/Steven Senne

AP Photo/Steven Senne

10 years on, and it seems old wounds still haven't healed for the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics.

It's understandable that the likes of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo would've been hurt back in 2012 when fellow Big 4 member Ray Allen decided to up and leave to the Miami Heat, one of the Celtics' biggest rivals at the time.

But six years after Allen's departure, the four players still haven't ironed things out according to Ray himself.

Allen will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, and when speaking to The Athletic's Shams Charania this week, said he doesn't expect receive congratulatory messages from his former Boston teammates, specifically Garnett and Rondo.

Ray did say however that the relationship between himself and Paul Pierce was mended in 2017 in a meeting after Allen failed to attend the retirement ceremony of Pierce's No. 34 jersey in TD Garden.

Two days after the ceremony, Allen posted a photo on Instagram from the 2007-08 season with Pierce's arm around him and a message to his former teammates:

"What we did in 2008 was special! Not only by Boston standards but by professional sports standards. The truth is, without any one of us on that team we would've never been able to do the unthinkable. Going from last place in one year to winning a championship is unfathomable. But, we did it! ... You may not want to hear this, but I will always be a Celtic. (Fact). I will always cherish the bonds that I shared with all of my teammates and the people in the city of Boston. (Truth). We all gave everything we had. We all won and we all raised the 2008 NBA Championship banner together. (Ubuntu) Paul Pierce is the first guy that welcomed Kevin and me with open arms into his atmosphere from day one and we never looked back. Paul and I have spoken about our time together as teammates- going to battle night after night knowing we could count on one another and we have also talked about my decision to leave during free agency- a choice I made for my family."

Allen reportedly left the Celtics in 2012 because of a contract disagreement, as stated in his 2018 book, From the Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love:

"So let me see if I got this straight. You want to pay me less money. You want to bring me off the bench. You want to continue to run the offense around Rondo. Now tell me again exactly why I would want to sign this contract?"