Kevin Garnett will deservedly have his number 5 retired by the Boston Celtics next season. That much is certain. Whether former teammate Ray Allen is there, remains unclear.
Allen opened about his relationship with KG, Boston, his former coach Doc Rivers and much more on the Cedric Maxwell podcast on CLNS Media.
Allen spoke to Maxwell at length about the rift that was created when he left the Celtics to join the Miami Heat.
“I left because there were so many unresolved issues that the team wasn’t considering or willing to change,” Allen told Maxwell. “It’s 2020, so you’re talking about nine years now. I’ve gotten so much hate, death threats, vitriol from Boston fans. Obviously these guys have kind of removed me from the big three, said so many negative things about me … we’re brothers, we went through a lot, but that doesn’t change anything we’ve done. It hurt me over the course of this time just to hear some of the things that have been said.
Allen says Garnett has “dug in his heels” and “no longer considers (Allen) a brother” after Allen departed for the Heat in free agency.
“My character has been assassinated often,” Allen said. “It’s not just this situation … my intentions were always to win basketball games, and oftentimes I got the blame … because I could take it.”
Allen feels that most members of the 2008 team viewed his departure as a betrayal and have not forgiven him for it.
“These guys kind of removed me from the ‘Big Three,’ said so many negative things about me and I haven’t had one negative thing to say about any of them,” Allen said.
“We had tough times, we’re brothers. We went through a lot. But that doesn’t change anything that we’ve done. It hurt me over the course of this time just to hear some of the things that have been said.”
Can fences be mended in time to get Allen to KG’s ceremony next year? To listen to Allen, maybe not.
“You’re talking about nine years now and I’ve gotten so much hate, death threats, vitriol from Boston fans.
“As far as me being there (KG ceremony) I think that is a subject that is really undecided yet. It would take Kevin and I to have a conversation moving forward.”