Ray Allen hasn’t said a ton since retiring after the 2014 season. The sharpshooter that was a part of two championship teams in Boston and Miami seemed to have just faded off into the distance, but it appears he’s just been saving his thoughts on the breakup of those Celtics and Heat for his upcoming book.
“From The Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love” will hit shelves soon, but some have gotten an early release for promotional purposes, which naturally means some of the juicy tidbits from the book have already hit the internet. The story that’s made the most noise to this point from Allen’s book is one he tells about Rajon Rondo insisting to the rest of the players in the Celtics locker room, including Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, that he was the one that carried them to the 2008 championship.
Unsurprisingly, those comments made their way back to Rondo who is currently playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. Rondo spoke with Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe recently and questioned why these stories were coming out now and why Allen felt the need to air things out in a book.
The former Celtics point guard didn’t hold back on questioning Allen’s motives for the book and even took some shots at him, suggesting Allen must be in desperate need for money and attention if he’s writing a book with these kinds of stories.
“He just wants attention,” Rondo said. “I need actually 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.”
“He’s been retired for whatever years and now he comes out with a book,” Rondo said of Allen. “People do that in that situation they need money. He should have hit me up and asked me for a loan or something. It’s no hard feelings.”
Rondo continued on saying he wanted to talk to Allen “man-to-man” and postured Allen was still hurt about the 2008 team reunion that he was initially not invited to (but has been extended one). Rondo doesn’t really deny the story, but insists he’s long moved on from any beef with his ex-teammate and questions why Allen felt the need to write about it in the first place.
More stories and excerpts from the book will come out once it’s released to the public and if this clip is any indication, Allen will not be making too many of his former teammates happy by letting fans into some of the locker room squabbles from his times in Boston and Miami.
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