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Kevin Garnett & Paul Pierce Are Still Upset With Ray Allen For Leaving The Celtics In 2012

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It’s been five years now since Ray Allen decided to leave the Boston Celtics to join the Miami Heat to pursue an NBA title alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. But if you think time has helped heal the wounds that were created when Allen left Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and others behind in Boston to sign with the Heat in 2012, think again.

On Monday night, KG hosted a handful of his former Celtics teammates, including Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, and Glen Davis, on his TNT show, “Area 21,” to celebrate the NBA title they won with Allen in 2008. They also brought in their former head coach Doc Rivers, who currently coaches the Los Angeles Clippers, to talk about what made that team so special. But at one point, Allen’s name came up and both Garnett and Pierce expressed their disappointment with the way things ended with him. Garnett—who infamously refused to shake hands with Allen during the first Celtics/Heat game following his departure—explained why Allen wasn’t invited to be with his former teammates.

“People don’t understand that this is real life for us,” Garnett said. “The situation with Ray is very sensitive. I think when we all talked about doing this reunion tour, we was talking about guys that we consider loyal, part of this group…When Ray decided to go to the Heat, I felt like he moved on. He went to pursue another ring. He got another ring, shout to him. And that’s it…It was all Celtics invited to this.”

Pierce discussed his feelings for Allen, too. He said he was “initially hurt” with the way Allen chose to leave Boston before saying that he doesn’t have any “beef” with him. But he seemed to take exception to Allen signing with the Heat before discussing it with any of his Celtics teammates, since Miami and Boston were rivals at the time.

It’s kind of amazing to hear a group of guys sitting around and talking about a former teammate like this. NBA players pick up and leave teams in free agency all the time. But it’s pretty clear that Allen’s departure from Boston struck a chord with all of these players. And even though it’s been five years now since Allen made the decision to leave Boston, they haven’t forgotten about what happened. And it doesn’t sound like they’re going to forget about it anytime soon, either.

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