The 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics will be holding an anniversary party in the coming months. One name was purposefully left off the invite list: Ray Allen. When asked why Ray Allen wasn’t invited, Rajon Rondo griped over Allen’s departure in 2012.
It’s understandable for fans to remain upset with him for joining Lebron in Miami, but not inviting a member of a championship team to an anniversary celebration does not make any sense. Not inviting said person due to a petty five-year-old grudge is even more non sensible.
For one, he had every right to leave that summer. He was coming off a season in which he got benched in favor of Avery Bradley down the stretch. He constantly found himself in trade rumors over the previous two seasons. There were reports everywhere that the franchise did not see him in future plans. Not to mention, his relationship with Rondo had become combustible over the years. The Celtics did not show Allen any intentions that they wanted to keep him in years prior. The problem was not that he left but where he went.
Allen took his talents to Miami, to play for a team that defeated Boston in a seven game Conference Finals series. Where have we heard this story recently? The difference is Allen was at the tail end of his career. Allen was chasing one more ring and unfortunately didn’t see the Celtics as his best path to get there. Which he wasn’t wrong about, judging that the Celtics began a rebuild the next summer. If anything, Allen made moving on from the big three era easier. Allen leaving was the wake up call to Danny Ainge to start the rebuild.
Celtics fans often give Ray Allen a lot of flack for leaving but continue to praise Doc Rivers at every turn. Rivers’ situation was far worse than Ray Allen’s. Rivers literally traded himself to the Los Angeles, weeks after saying he would commit to the Celtics rebuild.
It’s about time for Celtics fans to get over how Ray Allen left the city in 2012. It is time to remember what he brought to the city in the four years prior. He willed the team to a 24 point comeback in Game 4 of that series, playing all 48 minutes. That comeback was a pivotal turning point in the series. Even remember how he broke the NBA all-time 3-point record while playing in a Celtics uniform.
Time heals all, and five years is long enough to forgive and forget. Allen helped bring championship number seventeen to Boston, and he deserves to celebrate with the rest of his teammates.
Rondo also forgot to invite Scot Pollard to the party. Pollard found out about the party through the Ray Allen headlines. To be fair to Rondo, who actually remembers Scot Pollard being on the 2008 roster?
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