Rajon Rondo made an entire career out of being one of the best assisters in the NBA.
Now, it looks like he will be taking his assisting skills off the court, as he’s setting up a vacation with his former Celtics teammates from the 2008 championship team to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their title.
However, with most situations involving Rondo, there’s some drama attached.
There’s no exception in this instance.
According to Marc J. Spears of ESPN via The Undefeated, legendary sharpshooter Ray Allen will not be invited.
“I asked a couple of the guys. I got a no, a no head shake,” said Rondo to Spears when asked why Allen wasn’t invited.
After winning it all in 2008, Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Allen all remained with the team and were also key players in a 2010 run that led them to the NBA Finals, where they fell to the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the summer of 2012, Allen agreed to a three-year, $9.5 million deal to join LeBron James and the rival Miami Heat, turning down a more lucrative two-year, $12 million deal by the Celtics to jump ship.
The Heat would then go on to eliminate the Celtics from the playoffs that season in the Eastern Conference Finals and was a major part of a Heat team that went on to win back-to-back NBA titles.
Therefore, there’s no love lost between him and Rondo, who was one of Boston’s more outspoken leaders throughout his time there.
“It will be a long story about that, but it is what it is,” Rondo told The Undefeated. “I don’t know a good analogy to put this in. It just wasn’t the greatest separation. It wasn’t the greatest thing that could’ve happened to us as a team, a bond. We were at war with those guys [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.”
He went on, “It makes you question that series in the Finals … Who were you for? You didn’t bleed green. 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].”
Paul Pierce, who will go down as one of the best Celtics of all-time, backed up Rondo’s sentiment when he was asked about the situation last year.
“That was a tough situation because we thought it was betrayal,” Pierce told The Undefeated. “That’s why the whole thing evolved like it did with us not talking to him. Ray didn’t really have the best relationship with Rondo anyway. That was nothing. [Rondo], me and Kevin, he didn’t have any talk with us [before his Miami decision].”
Additionally, Pierce said, “I tried to call him and I didn’t get any return calls before he signed with Miami. That was our rival. We were brothers. We came in together. We just wanted a heads-up or a ‘what’s on your mind?’ or something like. Then, all of a sudden, he left. That was the biggest disappointment on my end. Not even getting a callback at that moment.”
For one of the most seemingly cohesive teams in NBA history, times have certainly changed for the members of the 2008 Celtics championship roster.