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Ainge's leadership in spotlight as Celtics chase 18th title

Ainge's leadership in spotlight as Celtics chase 18th title Ainge's leadership in spotlight as Celtics chase 18th title
Vera Richards | 11 May, 2017, 06:56

At a time when skeptics were saying you can't just throw three top-flight National Basketball Association veterans on the court and expect instant success - "This might either be the start of another Boston dynasty or the worst chemistry experiment in National Basketball Association history", wrote Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News - Cassell believed it would work.

On Kevin Garnett's TNT post game show, Area 21, Allen's former teammates including Glen Davis, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo criticized him for the way he chose to leave for Miami.

A day after members of the 2008 Celtics addressed a feud between Ray Allen and other members of that team, Allen took to Facebook to offer his point of view. Doc also reminisced about when Garnett beat Big Baby in an arm wrestle.

With all these players together Monday night, fans wanted them to discuss Allen and why they were upset. For the members of those Celtics teams that had some incredible battles against the Heat - which at the time were led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh - this was nothing short of treasonous. And I just figured if it was me leaving or KG leaving, then I would have been like, 'Rondo, Perk, Baby, this is what I've been thinking about'. When Ray made a decision to go to the Heat, I felt like he moved on.

"I was initially hurt by the whole way everything went down", Pierce said. "Like, I don't have no beef with none of my teammates".

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That being said, someone's going to have to break the ice if they hope to mend the relationship with Allen. "I ain't gonna lie", Perkins said. And he went to pursue another ring, he got another ring, shouts to him. "If Ray want to make amends with anybody up here, or whatever the case, I think it's on him to reach out and say, 'Hey, P, I handled this wrong". Man, we better than this. He explained that he thought the group had formed a brotherhood in Boston, which apparently meant nothing to Allen after he turned on them, Pierce suggested.

Pierce continued by saying "now it's uncomfortable" and that he hasn't talked to Allen in years.

The five angry Celtics did offer some hope that the grudge can be put to bed, as they all agreed that if Allen wants to make amends, it's up to him to reach out to the others after having been frozen out for nearly 10 years. It was five years from the time Shaquille O'Neal got traded to the Miami Heat until the All-Star Game where he and Kobe Bryant shared the MVP award together smiling on speaking terms again. "I handled this wrong".

Ray Allen stunned teammates Paul Pierce (center) and Kevin Garnett (right) when he joined the rival Heat before the 2013 season. "They just gone. Like, man, that's wrong".

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