Once a Celtic…Always a Celtic! That seems to be the approach that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are taking for the rest of their careers, even though both players have left Boston and are now playing for the Brooklyn Nets. That Celtic pride mentality truly showed it self last season when KG and Pierce refused to speak to former teammate Ray Allen after Allen left his buddies in Boston and took his talents to South Beach for a championship run with Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and the Miami Heat. .
In a recent interview with the Boston Herald Allen talked about how the trio’s friendship has fallen apart since his departure from Bean Town:
“They haven’t spoken to me,” Allen said before last night’s game against what remained of his former team. Allen played 24 minutes and had five points with three assists as the Celtics stunned the defending champion Heat, 111-110.
“Look, I have a feeling they were in the same predicament I was in this summer. Even with Doc (Rivers), he had to make a decision that was best for himself. I was in the same situation. I’m happy they were put into the same situation as I was. Anytime you get traded there’s no telling where you could end up. They’re in a situation now where they can contend. Kevin had to make that decision, and that was the predicament I was in.”
That’s why, at the time, Allen felt he was persecuted for his decision.
“I did think that,” he said. “But I was curious to see how it was received in the NBA and the people in Boston. In my opinion it was the same scenario. I wasn’t upset with any of those guys, because it was their right. You have to make the choices you feel are best for your situation. That’s why I was so disappointed in the reaction to me, because those guys know what it takes.”
I can understand why KG and Pierce were upset with Ray last season. Especially since they came so close to winning the championship the year before. Taking Lebron and the Heat to the 7th game of the Eastern Conference finals was no small task, and for Allen to jump ship and hop on the heat bandwagon for the sake of a championship seemed a little outrages to me. I always thought that Ray’s loyalty could have lied with the Cs for another year just to see what the Big 3 could have accomplished with one last run together. There were rumors of dissension on the team between Allen and point guard Rajon Rondo that factored into Allen’s decision to leave as well.
But maybe Ray does have a point. KG and Pierce are with different teams now. They aren’t officially Celtics any more, so maybe they could be a little bit more forgiving to their former teammate. You know, let bygones be bygones. But for someone who is as passionate about the game of basketball as Kevin Garnett is, I don’t see that happening any time soon. KG lays it all on the floor each and every time he steps on the hardwood. And I’m sure he feels betrayed by Allen. A general in a war would never forgive one of his troops for siding with the enemy. In KG’s mind that is just what Allen did. He left his command post and went to fight on the other side. And in war that just is not acceptable, and the casualty of this war is the friendship of one of the greatest trios to ever play the game.