Former Boston Celtics discuss roots of standoff with Ray Allen

Kevin Garnett got the gang back together on his 'Area 21' but Ray Allen was notably absent. From Doc Rivers sending Paul Pierce a wheelchair for a retirement gift to the group discussing this upcoming class of free agents , the 2008 Celtics' reunion on Kevin Garnett's "Area 21" on Monday night was plenty of fun. The group Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins and Glen "Big Baby" Davis did get serious for a bit, however, discussing their long standoff with former teammate Ray Allen, who has been ostracized from those guys since he left Boston to join the Miami Heat. And as the discussion showed, Garnett and company still aren't over Allen's "betrayal." Like, at all. "People don't understand that this is real life for us," Garnett said.

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"The situation with Ray is very sensitive." Mostly, they seemed to be in agreement that it wasn't so much that Allen left, but the manner in which he handled it, as Pierce summed up: I was initially hurt by the way everything went down. I don't have no beef with none of my teammates or nothing, I just was hurt by how it went down. We all came together, we talked about it. We talked every day, we hung out all the time. I thought we formed a brotherhood here in Boston. And just how we we carried ourselves not only on the court but also off the court. If it was me leaving or KG leaving, I would've been like Rondo, Perk, Baby. This is what I've been thinking about. That's what I was hurt by. When Ray didn't just give us a heads up.


And then to go to the team I think I would've taken it better if he had just talked to us about it. I just think if we all had talked about it would have been better. Kendrick Perkins then said that he thinks it's on Allen to break the ice and restart the relationship. "Who gon' break the ice? And at this time I don't think it's on nobody on here to break the ice. I actually think it's on Ray to break the ice. If Ray want to make amends with anybody up here, I think it's on him to reach out and say, Hey P, I handled this wrong. We better than this. Hey Ticket, I handled this wrong. Hey Big Baby, I handled this wrong. Hey Rondo, I handled this wrong." There was absolutely no input on the situation from Rajon Rondo, however, who has seemingly never gotten along with Allen , and didn't seem to be on great terms with the sharpshooter even when they were both still in Boston. All in all, it was a pretty interesting conversation, and not a topic I expected them to bring up on-air. For his part, Allen posted a response on Facebook .
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