New Orleans Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo takes a jab at Ray Allen ahead of the three-point king’s book release on March 27.
Allen, who retired after the 2013-2014 season, has written a book titled “From the Outside: My Journey through Life and the Game I Love.” One of the chapters talked about how the Boston Celtics would have traded Rondo with Chris Paul but the trigger wasn’t pulled because of the friendship between Doc Rivers and the late Monty Williams.
The two-time champion also said that the point guard told them—including Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce—that if it hadn’t been for him, they would never have won a championship.
Rondo said that Allen dragged his name to boost the sales of his book. In fact, he quipped that the 42-year-old should give him a percentage of the sales of the book because he’s being used for publicity.
“Obviously that man is hurting,” Rondo said. “I don’t know if it’s financially, I don’t know if it’s mentally. He wants to stay relevant. I am who I am. I don’t try to be something I’m not. I can’t say the same for him.”
Allen has been ostracized by his former Boston teammates after he signed with the Miami Heat to join Dwyane Wade, Lebron James and Chris Bosh in the 2011-2012 season. Reportedly, Garnett, Rondo and Pierce saw that as a betrayal because they were not informed of his decision.
However, Rondo said that he has no personal grudge with Allen. If his former teammate would be open to it, they can talk out their issues man-to-man.
He even said he wasn’t angry that Allen signed with Miami even if he was being made as a bad guy in the book. In fact, among the other players on the team, Rondo said that he was Allen’s biggest supporter.