Deveney: Ray Allen & Kevin Garnett Relationship Repairable, Rajon Rondo Not So Much

Sean Deveney of The Sporting News joined Adam Kaufman on Celtics Beat to discuss Ray Allen's upcoming book.

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The later-in-life drama of Ray Allen the Boston Celtics’ New Big 3 era: A terrible gift that keeps on giving.

It has been nearly 10 full years since Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Doc Rivers and company won the 2008 NBA Championship. Yet, here we are with seemingly regularly scheduled droppings of drama and in-fighting amongst members of the title squad.

With the impending release of Ray Allen’s book, “From the Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love,” Celtics Beat’s Adam Kaufman brought on Sean Deveney.


 


A longtime veteran of NBA coverage at The Sporting News, Deveney spent considerable time with the New Big 3. He recently published a story examining some of the excerpts released from Allen’s book, which becomes fully available on March 27.

“[Allen] expressed regret over, for instance, when he left the Celtics and decided ‘Okay, well I’m going to sign with Miami’,” Deveney says. “He didn’t tell anybody else on the Celtics until it came out in the media. And he really felt bad about that, according to what he wrote in the book. He felt like, especially Paul Pierce, he should have told him before anybody else knew.”

“[Allen] expressed regret over, for instance, when he left the Celtics and decided ‘Okay, well I’m going to sign with Miami’,” Deveney says. “He didn’t tell anybody else on the Celtics until it came out in the media. And he really felt bad about that, according to what he wrote in the book. He felt like, especially Paul Pierce, he should have told him before anybody else knew.”

Thus is the root of all these issues one side of this drama has with the other. And by one side, I mean pretty much everyone on that roster besides Ray Allen. Deveney does go on to say that Allen and Pierce have reconciled to a certain extent, but the other relationships remain icy.

The Sporting News’ National NBA writer details to Kaufman some of the irreconcilable differences between Allen and his teammates, particularly Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.

“[Allen] talks about some moments early on in his with relationship with Kevin Garnett in Boston,” Deveney says. “Where some of the tension that wound up later could have been handled better by making a joke of things, making light of things, or doing something a little different.”

While fans in Boston certainly remember some of those later teams in the early 2010’s fondly, on the inside Deveney claims things were rough. He lists examples like the infamous Rondo-Doc feud, and the lesser-known Pierce-Brandon Bass shouting match.

 


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In the end, Kaufman asks if all this drama will ever come to an end. Will there be some event in the future where Allen shows up to hugs and daps and cheers for some sort of reunion?

For Garnett and Allen, Deveney things the mutual respect is there under the surface and that relationship will eventually be mended. That 2008 squad’s mercurial point guard, however, that’s another story.

“I don’t see Allen and Rondo, really. I just don’t,” explains Deveney on Celtics Beat. “Allen sees himself a certain way. He sees sort of the way you’re supposed to treat others a certain way. He can be a little bit too prim and proper I think for some folks in the NBA. I think that’s something that’s been true of him throughout his NBA career. And that’s not Rondo. I think as long as there’s that tension, and they’re both very stubborn guys, I don’t see those guys ever mending fences.”