Allen plays down tensions with KG, Pierce, the trio hug on center court originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Where is the meat?
According to Ray Allen, it never existed.
When asked by Brian Scalabrine, an analyst and former NBC Sports Boston teammate, if “the beef got squashed,” a reference to Allen’s fights with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and other members of the 2008 NBA champion, Boston Celtics, Allen said there never was one.
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“When I left, I was so excited about the journey I was on, but I loved these guys,” Allen said.
After five seasons with Pierce, Garnett, Rajon Rondo and others, Allen left the Celtics as a free agent for the rival Miami Heat, then LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, after the 2011-12 season. The Heat had defeated the Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals that year, en route to their first championship.
Allen helped Miami to a second title the following spring, largely thanks to his game-tying 3-pointer in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs in a game the Heat would win in overtime before to take the series.
It doesn’t seem like the other managers on the 2008 team shared Allen’s feelings about the lack of meat. While Allen and Pierce reportedly smoothed things over a few years ago, it wasn’t until All-Star Weekend in Cleveland last month that Allen and Garnett showed signs of thawing.
After posing together for a photo in Cleveland, Garnett said that “life is about moving, growing up.”
NBC Sports Boston analyst Chris Mannix said Rondo, the last member of the 2008 team still active in the NBA, was still at odds with Allen during Garnett’s jersey retirement ceremony.
But Allen, for his part, has fully overcome what stood between him and his teammates in Boston, a six-year stint that included just one title but a second Finals appearance, as well as another trip to the Finals. of the Eastern Conference.
“The thing that’s always close to my heart is not just 2008, but that whole mission, 2009, 2010, in this building, we played some amazing games, we had some great times on planes, just life was great for those five years and stuff. It’s what I focused on for the last 10 years, everything we did together,” Allen told Scal. “That to me was the most important thing.”