Former Celtic Ray Allen made headlines last week when he said that part of the reason as to why he and Rajon Rondo had a fractured relationship was that he encouraged the Celtics point guard to mend the relationships he had with head coach Doc Rivers and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge while a potential 2009 trade involving both players was being discussed with Phoenix.
“For some reason, I guess he thought that I was … that I had something against him, or there were some issues,” Allen told the Miami Herald. “And I have no issues with him. I won with him.”
At practice Wednesday, Rondo and Rivers refused to get into a preseason tit-for-tat with the Miami Heat sharpshooter.
“I don’t know what happened,” Rondo said about Allen’s comments to WEEI.com. “I’ve just been focusing on hitting the gym. I haven’t read any papers or seen anything on the news.”
Rivers said, “We’re just going to let Ray keep talking. It’s easier.”
The Celtics visit Miami next Tuesday for their season opener against Allen and the defending NBA champion Heat.