BOSTON – Ray Allen was a major part of why the 2008 Boston Celtics put up a championship banner, the 17th in the franchise’s long history of winning. Allen’s relationship with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and many of his former Celtics teammates has never been the same since he left Boston via free agency in 2012 to join the Miami Heat.
“Toxic” would probably be the best word to describe the feelings Allen’s former teammates hold toward him. Garnett has been the most outspoken about Allen’s departure, and still holds a mighty grudge against Allen for leaving the Celtics for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat – Boston’s biggest rival at the time. Whenever Allen played against the Celtics, he would get the cold shoulder from KG.
Garnett is one of the most fierce competitors to ever play the game, and that wiring makes the likelihood of him forgiving Allen extremely slim.