Is the rivalry over?
It’s no mystery that the relationship between Ray Allen and the rest of his old ’08 Celtics squad hasn’t exactly been the best. He hasn’t been on particularly good terms with them, as was made prevalent by Allen’s noticeable absence from Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony.
Despite it all, however, it seems we may have overhyped the magnitude of the situation.
A few hours ago, Ray Allen sent out a pretty encouraging message to the fans in Boston, and to his former Celtics teammates. It was long, though out, and had quite a bit of emotional sentiment.
What we did in 2008 was special! Not only by Boston standards but by professional sports standards. The truth is, without any one of us on that team we would’ve never been able to do the unthinkable. Going from last place in one year to winning 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, everyone at the Celtics Organization, our wives, children, families, the Fans in The City of Boston and yes, me. Over the last few years I have been berated, lambasted and had my name smeared. You may not want to hear this, but I will always be a Celtic. (Fact). I will always cherish the bonds that I shared with all of my teammates and the people in the city of Boston. (Truth). We all gave everything we had. We all won and we all raised the 2008 NBA Championship banner together. (Ubuntu) Paul Pierce is the first guy that welcomed Kevin and me with open arms into his atmosphere from day one and we never looked back. Paul and I have spoken about our time together as teammates- going to battle night after night knowing we could count on one another and we have also talked about my decision to leave during free agency- a choice I made for my family. Despite what you may have heard or read or what is rumored- there is nothing but love. Paul and I are more interested in building bridges than putting up walls. To Paul, number 34, Congratulations on having your number raised up to the rafters. I salute you for your commitment to the city of Boston and to us the 2008 NBA Champions #thetruth
Allen and Pierce may not be the best of friends, but they shared something special together back in 2008 that nothing can take away. They know more than anyone how much a Championship means to a city, especially to the city of Boston.
If nothing else, this post proved that not everything is as bad as we make it out to be. Sometimes, the special moments in life are just to grand to let bitterness get in the way.