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Ray Allen says time with Celtics was 'most important' of his career, despite rift with teammates

Alex Reimer
September 07, 2018 - 12:54 pm

Ray Allen may have a strained relationship with some of his ex-Celtics teammates. But the Hall of Fame guard says he still reflects fondly on his five years in Boston.

"People look at how I left, but I look at how I lived while I was (in Boston)," Allen said Thursday, per ESPN. "That to me is the most important time in my life because I had never won. And I was able to win. And that's probably the most important thing that I want people to remember is the time that we spent together.”

Allen, who will be inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame Friday, told the Athletic recently he doesn’t expect any of his Celtics compadres to reach out to him on his big day. 

The rift between Allen and the Celtics came to the forefront earlier this year, when he wasn’t invited to the 2008 Celtics’ reunion on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” show last spring. Garnett and others said they felt betrayed by Allen’s decision to sign with the rival Heat as a free agent in 2012. 

Since then, Paul Pierce has buried the hatchet with Allen, who remains at odds with Garnett and Rajon Rondo.