Ray Allen comes clean on Rondo beef
It’s easy to like and most importantly respect the Miami Heat’s Ray Allen but he might not be doing his team any favors by fanning the flames of his beef with The Boston Celtics.
Allen got a lot of his chest and has finally revealed the root of why he and Rajon Rondo have zero love for each other.
Their issues have been speculated as the driving force for why Allen ducked out and headed to Miami.
According to Allen it stems from past issues that Rondo had with general manager Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers.
The issues ran deep enough to where Ainge pitched a trade to the Phoenix Suns that would have sent Allen and Rondo to the desert for Amare Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa and the 14th overall pick in the 2010 draft.
According to Allen the powers-that-be “didn’t get along” with Rondo.
So as this process was moving along Allen told the Miami Herald that he warned Rondo and from that point it was on.
“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.”
Now, Allen says if Rondo “had issue with me, that’s on him.”
“I have a way of going about doing my job that, I want everyone to come and play their hardest and come in and do their job and I can’t, I don’t worry myself with things I can’t control,” Allen said.
Allen dug up old history perhaps because he is sick of skirting the issue. Sometimes you can only deflect a question for so long.
As he stated, it’s not like he doesn’t love the city itself.
“I was very loyal to the city and I love the city, but when it came time to keep me in a uniform [the Celtics] did everything they could to seem like … to not want me to come back,” Allen said.
“In Boston, they were telling me they were going to bring me off the bench — ‘We’re going to play you less minutes’ — and all I asked was, ‘How are you going to use me because the last two years you’ve been using me as decoys,’ ” Allen said. “ ‘You’re running all these plays for me just to pass it to somewhere else and you’re not putting me into any scoring opportunities and I’m just standing over in the corner the majority of games.’ ”
Allen may have dug deep and spilled his guts on the ins and outs of his exit from Boston but is he just feeding the enemy?
That is a question that will be answered soon enough.