Ray Allen had nothing however love and honesty for his former Celtics teammate.
Ray Allen shared a message to Paul Pierce on Instagram Tuesday in honor of the Celtics legend getting his number retired Sunday.
The duo spent 5 seasons collectively in Boston, profitable the franchise’s 17th NBA title in 2008 and reaching the Finals as soon as extra in 2010.
After the 2011-2012 season, Allen left the Celtics in free company to hitch the rival Heat the place he picked up his second championship. The transfer created a little bit of a rift between Allen and his former Boston teammates as a result of the Celtics had been eradicated by Miami within the playoffs every of Allen’s final two years in Boston.
Although Allen and Pierce have since mended the fence, Allen was golfing the day of Pierce’s jersey retirement as a substitute of attending the ceremony like Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Doc Rivers and Antoine Walker did.
Pierce stated he was fine with Allen missing the ceremony, however was upset that Tony Allen and Glen Davis couldn’t make it.
The publish options footage from the Celtics’ title run and talks about Allen first arriving in Boston with Garnett earlier than the 2007-08 season.
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What we did in 2008 was particular! Not solely by Boston requirements however by skilled sports activities requirements. The fact is, with none one in all us on that workforce we might’ve by no means been in a position to do the unthinkable. Going from final place in a single 12 months to profitable a championship is unfathomable. But, we did it! WE did it- Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen, P.J. Brown, Sam Cassell, Glen Davis, Eddie House, Kendrick Perkins, Scott Pollard, James Posey, Leon Powe, Gabe Pruitt, Brian Scalabrine, Doc, Danny, everybody on the Celtics Organization, our wives, kids, households, the Fans in The City of Boston and sure, me. Over the previous few years I’ve been berated, lambasted and had my title smeared. You might not need to hear this, however I’ll at all times be a Celtic. (Fact). I’ll at all times cherish the bonds that I shared with all of my teammates and the folks within the metropolis of Boston. (Truth). We all gave every part we had. We all gained and all of us raised the 2008 NBA Championship banner collectively. (Ubuntu) Paul Pierce is the primary man that welcomed Kevin and me with open arms into his ambiance from day one and we by no means seemed again. Paul and I’ve spoken about our time collectively as teammates- going to battle night time after night time realizing we might depend on each other and we’ve additionally talked about my resolution to go away throughout free agency- a selection I made for my household. Despite what you’ll have heard or learn or what’s rumored- there may be nothing however love. Paul and I are extra concerned about constructing bridges than placing up partitions. To Paul, quantity 34, Congratulations on having your quantity raised as much as the rafters. I salute you in your dedication to the town of Boston and to us the 2008 NBA Champions #thetruth
Allen averaged 16.7 factors, shot 40.9 p.c from three and made two All-Star groups whereas with the Celtics, and helped the workforce attain at the least the second spherical within the playoffs every season. He is third in franchise historical past in three-pointers made behind Pierce and Walker.