Ray Allen's new book sheds light on Celtics drama

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Ray Allen's new book sheds light on Celtics drama
 

 
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As Allen tells it, there were early signs that he and Garnett, who were both intense players and intense personalities, would eventually clash. Allen recalled dribbling in front of his locker during the Celtics’ preseason trip to Rome in 2007, which was something Allen had done to prepare for games his entire career. The dribbling annoyed Garnett, though, who told Allen, “No, you’re not going to do that.”

“You can’t tell me what to do,” Allen remembered responding, as teammates looked on. “You do what you do, and I do what I do.”

As Allen wrote, “Gee, can two grown men be any more juvenile?” And it was a similar experience when, before the start of the season, Garnett and Allen went out to dinner at a steakhouse in Boston and spoke about their roots together as teenage players in the 1990s, and the pain of being on losing teams in the past. After dinner, Allen wrote, he asked the waitress for the check.

“No,” Garnett said, “I tip way better than him, so you better give me the check.” It was the first time they’d gone to dinner together, and Allen pointed out that Garnett had no idea how much Allen tipped. “There was no point in arguing with the guy,” Allen writes. “What struck me was that he felt the need to be seen as being superior to me, even in something as petty as this.”

“KG would quarrel with his grandmother if she signed with another team,” Allen said.

At the opposite end of that spectrum is Rondo. Allen describes their early relationship as one of young player and mentor. “I couldn’t have gotten along with him any better,” Allen writes. “He was like a little brother to me.”

But by 2011, that relationship was in tatters. Allen recalled that in 2009, because the Celtics’ front office had issues with Rondo, there was talk that Allen and Rondo would be traded to Phoenix for a package built around Amar'e Stoudemire. Allen told Rondo at the time that he should talk to team president Danny Ainge to work out their problems and keep from being traded.

It came up again during the 2010-11 season. In a team meeting, Allen writes, Rondo told his teammates, “I carried all of you to the championship in 2008.”

Allen continued: “The rest of the team, almost in unison, responded, ‘You what?’” Rondo said everyone on the team had problems with him, and when Allen told him, “None of us had issues with you,” Rondo said to him, “You did, too. You told me I was the reason we were going to be traded.”

Allen details the famed incident during the Celtics’ playoff series against Miami in 2011, when Rivers was going over film with the team and pointing out some of the errors made during their losses in the first two games. Rondo “put his head down and turned his chair toward the lockers.” Rivers implored him to watch the film.

“F— that film,” Rondo said, according to Allen, hurling a water bottle at the screen and breaking it. Rivers ordered Rondo out. Garnett followed him and said, “Young fella, you need to get your s— together.”

Despite the tension of the 2011-12 season, Allen wrote that “The plan was to stay in Boston.” But the Celtics, who signed guard Jason Terry, offered two years and $12 million where Allen was seeking three years and $24 million. According to Allen, the sum total of events in Boston nudged him to sign elsewhere.

“So let me see if I got this straight,” he wrote. “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?”

In the end, Allen took even less money to sign with Miami for two years and $6 million, because the Heat had the best chance to win a title.
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 3 months ago '04        #2
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Interesting.
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lmaooooo @ rondo
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Sounds believable to be honest.

Is KG not a petty person?

Is Rondo not bipolar?
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Rondo told his teammates, “I carried all of you to the championship in 2008.”

the nerve, but I guess you dont make it to the NBA by being humble
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Everybody basically had egos & insecurities

Which led to the team’s destruction

Sad but as people we all deal with it

And as men we want to hide our insecurities & use our egos as a defense mechanism

Only through self reflection are we able to combat & overcome this behavior
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 Agentzer0oo0 said:
Sounds believable to be honest.

Is KG not a petty person?

Is Rondo not bipolar?
Rondo's a bi*ch
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Rondo's a bi*ch
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 3 months ago '14        #9
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“You what?”
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That all sounds bad like one big dysfunctional group....But as we see now everyone gets along except Allen.

Something don't add up Jesus
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This kind of makes Ray look like a weak person to me in my eyes. When he said “What struck me was that he felt the need to be seen as being superior to me, even in something as petty as this.” I already know what kind of man you are.
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lmfao Rondo is hilarious
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 Cartel-Clipz said:
This kind of makes Ray look like a weak person to me in my eyes. When he said “What struck me was that he felt the need to be seen as being superior to me, even in something as petty as this.” I already know what kind of man you are.
How does hat make him weak? All he said was there’s no point in trying to show out in front of the waitress. If you let that slide then Garnett will just try it again. KG is like Kobe in that he will test you to see how much heart you got. Ray was just sayin it ain’t that crucial over a dinner bill
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 ricengravy said:
Rondo told his teammates, “I carried all of you to the championship in 2008.”

the nerve, but I guess you dont make it to the NBA by being humble
Best part was that they all in unison yelled "What!?!?!?”
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so his Ray gonna talk about his Grindr adventures in the book?
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No one can say Rondo didnt have balls. Mans told 3 hall of famers he carried them to a ring without havinh a reliable jumpshot. Incredible
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 SE Texas713 said:
How does hat make him weak? All he said was there’s no point in trying to show out in front of the waitress. If you let that slide then Garnett will just try it again. KG is like Kobe in that he will test you to see how much heart you got. Ray was just sayin it ain’t that crucial over a dinner bill
because he's coming to the conclusion that KG did that to be looked at as superior. Where the fu*k did that even come from? The man made a joke and said he would pay and the first thing he went to was he thinks he's better than me. That's that mental midget bullsh*t.
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 TrillbertArenas said:
No one can say Rondo didnt have balls. Mans told 3 hall of famers he carried them to a ring without havinh a reliable jumpshot. Incredible
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 SeanFiero said:
That all sounds bad like one big dysfunctional group....But as we see now everyone gets along except Allen.

Something don't add up Jesus
Ray could just not like them and not care to mend anything. Doesn’t mean what he’s saying is false as Rondo has the exact reputation that Ray states and KG been a “tough guy” his whole career
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Ray Allen seems 100% like a gay man when you step back & think about it

On another note I could never imagine that dude f!ghting for civil rights or anything like that... something's up w/ him
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