The reasons for the split between former Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen and the other members of the 2008 championship team become more and more clear as time goes on. There is no doubt that the 2007–08 Boston Celtics team that won the title will go down in history as one of the most remarkable lineups in the organization’s history. Considering how much enmity the players had with one another, it also happens to be one of the most controversial Celtics teams ever.
Former Celtics center from the championship squad back in 2008, Kendrick Perkins shares his side of the story from the controversy which still goes on. Perkins claims that it all began when Rajon Rondo learned that Allen wanted to trade him for Chris Paul. The group had to take immediate efforts to try to resolve the situation when their dispute reached at such a high level.
The long running feud between Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo.
In 2007, Pierce and the Celtics welcomed both Allen and Garnett, becoming the league’s first real Big 3. The group defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals and went on to win the title that season. In 2010, Boston made it back to the Finals, but ultimately lost to the Lakers. LeBron James, though, found his form as the Celtics became older as he James dominated the Eastern Conference in Miami, where he appeared in four straight NBA Finals. For a Boston squad that still believed it was capable of winning a title, that signalled the end of an era. During the 2012 free agency period, Allen decided to leave Boston to join Lebron and the Heat.
The more complicated reasons, according to reports, that were at the root of the hatred between Allen and point guard Rajon Rondo involved a trade. According to Perkins, it appears that Chris Paul was a player the Celtics were interested in trading for, and when the “Big Three” of Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce were consulted about a package that would include Rondo for the enduring All-Star, only the former Husky was in favour of the deal and Rondo eventually found out the information somehow.
In a recent interview with JJ Redicck on “The Old Man and The Three” podcast, Kendrick Perkins talked about how Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo got to sort things out between them and it appears that they seemed to have boxed it out. Perkins stated: “We made Ray and Rondo actually box it out,they had so much beef. We got to the practice facility, we bought the boxing gloves, and they actually had to box it out.”
Evidently, the conflict is still ongoing because the two occasionally trade blows in the social media. These wounds must be very serious if time cures all wounds. Perkins did claim that everything had been resolved and also that everyone was “speaking terms” at this point.