Ray Allen Finally Shot Down All Of The Rumors About His Beef With Paul Pierce
On Sunday, former Boston Celtic Paul Pierce returned to Boston to have his jersey raised into the rafters of the TD Garden in a ceremony that would have been slightly more enjoyable if the score had been closer at halftime. He was met with a reception that came close to topping the one he received after his dramatic return to the court just minutes after he was taken to the tunnel in a wheelchair during the first game of the 2008 NBA Finals.
That year’s Celtics squad was a superteam before superteams were cool (or not cool, depending on which crotchety retired NBA player you ask— including Pierce himself), with the team managing to go from worst to first thanks in no small part to the efforts of Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen.
In 2012, Allen left one Big Three for another when he headed to the Miami Heat, and ever since then, there’s been talks of bad blood between him and his former teammates— rumors that seemed slightly more valid when members of the 2008 team got together last year in his absence.
Allen decided to spend Sunday golfing with George Lopez instead of heading up the Boston, although Pierce didn’t seem to take it personally.
However, it appears Allen still has a soft spot in his heart for his time with the Celtics based on a recent Instagram post:
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! WE did it- Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen, P.J. Brown, Sam Cassell, Glen Davis, Eddie House, Kendrick Perkins, Scott Pollard, James Posey, Leon Powe, Gabe Pruitt, Brian Scalabrine, Doc, Danny, everyone at the Celtics Organization, our wives, children, families, the Fans in The City of Boston and yes, me. Over the last few years I have been berated, lambasted and had my name smeared. 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. Despite what you may have heard or read or what is rumored- there is nothing but love. Paul and I are more interested in building bridges than putting up walls. To Paul, number 34, Congratulations on having your number raised up to the rafters. I salute you for your commitment to the city of Boston and to us the 2008 NBA Champions #thetruth
Allen might say he’ll always be a Celtic, but he’ll always be a SuperSonic to me.