Rondo, Garnett and Pierce are still punishing Ray Allen

Ray Allen left the Celtics’ core in 2012, and he may have walked out of his teammates’ lives forever.

Five years after the NBA’s all-time 3-point leader abandoned one super-team for another, exiting the riches of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo for the (warmer) riches of Miami with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the sting hasn’t worn off the jilted parties.

Rondo is organizing a celebratory vacation for the first Celtics title team in 22 years, as they approach the 10-year anniversary of the championship of the first super-team of this NBA era. The marksman who knocked down seven 3s — tying a then-Finals record — in the Game 6 that clinched the Celtics’ championship win over the Lakers isn’t welcome.

“It will be a long story about that, but it is what it is,” Chicago’s Rondo, one of three players from that team still playing in the NBA, 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.”


Kevin Durant can attest to that. But Allen was the trend-setter, rejecting re-upping with the Celtics for a lesser deal with the enemy Heat in 2012, a few months after LeBron and friends had beaten Boston in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The abandoned took it to heart, with Garnett memorably saying in the aftermath, “I don’t have Ray’s number anymore.”

The beloved former Celtics don’t need the number. Rondo has called everyone save Allen and P.J. Brown, whom he’s trying to locate, from that team to get away and relive the glory days. Pierce, Garnett and the burgeoning pass-first point guard will be on a beach somewhere, as the shooting machine who put them over the top and spent five seasons in Boston will be on his own.

“The mindset we had. The guys on our team. You wouldn’t do anything like that,” Rondo said. “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].”

It hurt Pierce, too. The Clippers forward has said he tried to call Allen before his decision was made in 2012. The phone calls weren’t returned, and now they won’t be made again.

“That was a tough situation because we thought it was betrayal,” Pierce told The Undefeated in November. “That’s why the whole thing evolved like it did with us not talking to him. Ray didn’t really have the best relationship with Rondo anyway. That was nothing. [Rondo], me and Kevin, he didn’t have any talk with us [before his Miami decision].

“I tried to call him and I didn’t get any return calls before he signed with Miami. That was our rival. We were brothers. We came in together. We just wanted a heads-up or a ‘what’s on your mind?’ or something like. Then, all of a sudden, he left. That was the biggest disappointment on my end. Not even getting a callback at that moment.”