Last night, Kevin Garnett hosted a special episode of Area 21 dedicated to the 2008 Boston Celtics championship team. He was joined by fellow teammates Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins and Glen “Big Baby” Davis. However, one notable star from their squad, Ray Allen, who left the team and won a ring with the Miami Heat, was not in attendance.
When speaking of the reason why KG wasted no time to address the matter:
“Everybody’s asking us, ‘Where’s Ray?’ People don’t understand that this is real life for us,” said Garnett.
“The situation with Ray is very sensitive. I think that when we all talked about doing this reunion tour, we were talking about guys who we consider loyal and part of this group. Just being honest, my two cents, when Ray decided to go to the Heat, I felt like he moved on. And he went to pursue another ring, he got another ring, shouts to him. And that’s it. There was no other Wizards, it wasn’t no other Spurs, it wasn’t no other Heat. It was all Celtics invited to this.”
Kendrick Perkins added that it’s on Ray to “break the ice.”
“Who going to break the ice? At this point and time, I don’t think it’s on nobody on here to break the ice,” said Perkins. “I actually think it’s on Ray to break the ice. If Ray wants to make amends with anybody up here or whatever the case, I think it’s on him to reach out and say, ‘Hey [Pierce], I handled this wrong. Man, we better than this. Hey Ticket, I handled this wrong. Hey Big Baby, I handled this wrong, or hey, Rondo, I handled this wrong, man.’ Just get it past this, man. We won games together, man. We did a lot of things.”
Check out the clip of their conversation below.
“It was more than basketball for us… It felt like a sour breakup.”
Pierce, KG, Rondo, Big Baby & Perk share their thoughts on Ray Allen. pic.twitter.com/8JYRWmxm0i
— KG's Area 21 (@KGArea21) May 9, 2017