Ray Allen’s legacy in Boston is complicated, to put it lightly. During his five seasons as a Celtic (three of which he was an All-Star), Ray helped a perpetually meddling Boston team win it’s first championship in over two decades. But, during the 2012 season, the aging Celtics were ousted in a heartbreaking Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals by a fresh LeBron James-led Miami Heat squad.
Given the bitter rivalry and perceived hatred the two teams had for one another, Ray leaving to for Miami that summer was like Kelly Kapowski leaving Zach Morris to bang the top wrestler from Valley. The city did not try to hide their disdain for a dude who took a $3,5 million pay cut to join the sworn enemy. When the Celtics and Heat met on opening night of the 2012-13 season, Garnett said he “lost” Allen’s phone number. That same night “Judas Shuttlesworth” t-shirts were selling like hot cakes outside the TD Garden.
This strife between that Celtics team and Ray is alive and kicking, evident in a reunion that included host Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo on Monday’s Area 21 on TNT. Ray was noticeably missing.