LOOK: Ray Allen congratulates Paul Pierce on jersey retirement
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 14, 2018 10:04 AM
CHICAGO - APRIL 30: Ray Allen #20 and Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics celebrate after Allen's three point basket sending the game into triple overtime during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Bulls as part of the 2009 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
It might be a little late, but it's no less heartfelt.
The 2008 Boston Celtics had a mini-reunion on the occasion of Paul Pierce's jersey retirement last Sunday (Monday, PHL time), but noticeably absent was sharpshooter Ray Allen, who made up that Beantown "Big Three" with Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Allen has been on the outs with the rest of the squad since he made the decision to sign with the Celtics' then-rivals, the Miami Heat, in free agency. However, Allen and Pierce had seemingly made up after meeting in China for a celebrity basketball game back in September of last year.
Instead, Allen had on his Instagram a picture of him playing golf.
Well, Allen has finally broken the silence regarding the matter, posting also on Instagram his thoughts on that era of Celtics, and his successful partnership with Pierce and the rest of the squad.
What we did in 2008 was special! Not only by Boston standards but by professional sports standards. The truth is, without any one of us on that team we would’ve never been able to do the unthinkable. Going from last place in one year to winning a championship is unfathomable. But, we did it! WE did it- Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen, P.J. Brown, Sam Cassell, Glen Davis, Eddie House, Kendrick Perkins, Scott Pollard, James Posey, Leon Powe, Gabe Pruitt, Brian Scalabrine, Doc, Danny, everyone at the Celtics Organization, our wives, children, families, the Fans in The City of Boston and yes, me. Over the last few years I have been berated, lambasted and had my name smeared. You may not want to hear this, but I will always be a Celtic. (Fact). I will always cherish the bonds that I shared with all of my teammates and the people in the city of Boston. (Truth). We all gave everything we had. We all won and we all raised the 2008 NBA Championship banner together. (Ubuntu) Paul Pierce is the first guy that welcomed Kevin and me with open arms into his atmosphere from day one and we never looked back. Paul and I have spoken about our time together as teammates- going to battle night after night knowing we could count on one another and we have also talked about my decision to leave during free agency- a choice I made for my family. Despite what you may have heard or read or what is rumored- there is nothing but love. Paul and I are more interested in building bridges than putting up walls. To Paul, number 34, Congratulations on having your number raised up to the rafters. I salute you for your commitment to the city of Boston and to us the 2008 NBA Champions #thetruth
"Despite what you may have heard or read or what is rumored- there is nothing but love. Paul and I are more interested in building bridges than putting up walls," Allen wrote. "To Paul, number 34, Congratulations on having your number raised up to the rafters. I salute you for your commitment to the city of Boston and to us the 2008 NBA Champions #thetruth"