If there’s ever been a time when Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen were friends, that positive relationship has probably come to a close recently. That was made evident by Rondo when he was asked about his reaction to the excerpts that referred to him from Allen’s book “From The Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love”, which will be released soon.
“He just wants attention,” Rondo told the Boston Globe in an interview. “I actually need some sales from [the book], only [publicity] it’s been getting is from my name. I need some percentage or something. His people contact my people or something. The only pub I’ve been hearing about is when he mentions my name.”
The reason for the negative reaction is what Allen’s stories reveal about Rondo. One even included a claim that Rondo told the Big Three (Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett) that he was the one who carried them to the 2008 NBA Finals. Considering all three players averaged over 17 points, that claim would of course be a stretch, if true.
Rondo isn’t the only former Celtic who has a problem with Allen, either.
Ever since Allen’s departure for Miami to play for the Heat prior to the 2011-12 season, there’s been a rift between Pierce and Garnett as well. Rondo seems to be the one with the biggest issue with the former NBA sharpshooter.
“Obviously that man is hurting,” Rondo continued. “I don’t know if it’s financially, I don’t know if it’s mentally. He wants to stay relevant.”
It’ll be interesting to see how all this plays out. Especially after Allen’s book is released. It’s expected to be available for purchase on Mar. 27, according to Amazon.