Doc Rivers on Ray Allen’s claims: ” I don’t think that’s true.”
Earlier this week, Ray Allen gave his version of the events as it pertains to the rift that tore him and Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo apart.
In a piece that ran earlier this week, Allen was quoted as saying that a trade scenario was what kick started the bad blood.
“So, I called him and I told him, ‘hey they’re supposedly trading us to Phoenix because you and Danny and Doc don’t get along,’ ” Allen said. “ ‘So, whatever you can do.’
“So, for some reason, I guess he thought that I was … that I had something against him, or there were some issues. And I had no issues with him. I won with him.”
On Wednesday the Boston Celtics have come forth to refute the claims and state that from this point forward they will let Ray do all of the talking.
“We’re going to just let Ray keep talking, “Celtics coach Doc Rivers told ESPN. “It’s easier.”
When asked to at least comment on Allen’s comments, Rivers relented and called Allen a liar in so many words.
“I didn’t even know it, so I’m surprised right now,” Rivers said. “I never knew that. I don’t think that’s true.”
Rondo refuses to speak Allen’s name and will only refer to him by his jersey number.
“I don’t know what happened or hear anything,” Rondo said. “I just stay focused and hit the gym. I didn’t read any papers or see anything on the news about No. 20.”
Doc Rivers has always been known as a straight-up guy that has worn his heart on his sleeve. Either he was taken by surprise by Allen’s candor, he’s covering up something or in fact Allen is fabricating something that is not true.
I doubt that Rivers would blank out and forget something like this especially when it yielded a situation that created a lot of internal headaches for his team.
It may be easier to let Ray speak, but Doc Rivers did not have to suggest that the man made up such a tall tale.