The 10-year anniversary of the Boston Celtics most recent NBA championship is coming up in 2018 and Rajon Rondo is running point on plans to get that squad back together to celebrate.
And the only reason I, or anyone else knows about this, is because Rondo went public with the guest list. And like some bride with an axe to grind, it’s all about who’s not invited.
And to nobody’s surprise at all—it’s Ray Allen getting publically iced out.
No surprise because that old Celtics team has been doing Ray-Ray like this ever since he bounced for the Heat back in 2012.
Rondo told the undefeated in an interview published yesterday: “it just wasn’t the greatest separation. It wasn’t the greatest thing that could’ve happened to us as a team. We were at war with [Miami]. To go with the enemy, that’s unheard-of in sports. Well, it’s not so unheard of. It’s damn near common now. The mindset we had. The guys on our team. You wouldn’t do anything like that. People think we had a messed-up relationship. It’s not the greatest. But it’s not just me. I called and reached out to a couple of other vets and asked them what they wanted to do with the situation. They told me to stick with what we got [without Allen].”
That type of shade isn’t cool. And it isn’t fresh. It’s sad, and pathetic. Just some old, beef that I don’t care about anymore. And neither should Rondo. Or any of the rest that are wearing a ring from that team.
Trust me…Rajon Rondo swerving way out his way to tell the Undefeated that he’s hosting a 10-year reunion party for the 2008 championship Celtics team and not inviting Ray Allen is a way worse look for him than it is for Allen. Sounds like he’s throwing the party not to celebrate the championship, but just so he could not invite Ray.
Are you throwing the party so you can get the band back together and celebrate the greatest accomplishment of your entire careers? Or are you doing just so you can publicly ice Ray? Dude, we get it. You and Ray-Ray didn’t get along. His departure for the Heat only made it worse. We know the history. We know your cold blooded response after Ray hung it up and you went on record with the, “I thought he’d been retired,” fire.
Dude, you’re Rajon Rondo. And whatever Ray did to you isn’t enough to run your mouth about throwing a party and not inviting him. Especially since a 37-year old sharp shooter who won a ring and decided to jump ship in 18th NBA season is pretty close to the least egregious thing I’ve ever heard.
This is some high school cafeteria level shade you’re throwing. I don’t even care that you’re keeping him off the guest list. That’s your right. Do your thing. Have the party or the vacation or whatever it is without him. Go right ahead.
But talking about it with a blog, going in on it, and digging up old bones just to bring up that you still hate Ray Allen is lame and a terrible look. And if I had to guess, I’m pretty sure Ray is much happier to celebrate that title without all you bitter dudes.
And why do I think this has less to do with Allen being a bad teammate and/or a bad guy to Rondo, and less to do with him going to the enemy, that he went to the enemy and added a ring and now has one more than Rondo does.
As the great Happy Gilmore would say, “talk about your all-time backfires.”
And as is always the case with Rondo, this is way more weird and contentious than it has to be.