Paul Pierce says Ray Allen deserved Hall of Fame spot
There are very few who question whether Ray Allen has done enough in his career to warrant a place in the Hall of Fame. However, when the praise comes from one of Allen’s teammates during his time with the Boston Celtics, the admiration becomes even more noteworthy. This is exactly what Celtics legend Paul Pierce did when he said that he has no doubt that his former teammate deserves to be a Hall of Famer.
Pierce, a recurring co-host in ESPN’s The Jump, said on the show on Friday that Allen’s recently-released book did have somewhat of an adverse effect on some people who were/are associated with the Celtics. There were some portions of the book where Allen spoke candidly about his disappointments during his time in Boston, which may have left a bad taste in the mouth of some.
However, despite Allen’s infamous departure from the Celtics in 2012, Pierce made it abundantly clear that he has no beef whatsoever with his former teammate. Pierce did acknowledge that there may be some relationships that require mending, but this does not affect his perception of Allen.
“[The differences with the 2008 team are] for him and the other guys to figure out. I have no problem with Ray,” said Pierce, who brokered peace with Allen last summer, via Chris Forsberg of ESPN. “Congratulations. Everything he’s gotten, he’s deserved. His name’s gonna be up there forever and I congratulate you, Ray.”
In his acceptance speech, Allen recognized his time with the Celtics as one of the highlights of his career. It is obvious that he has taken the right steps towards moving on from the untoward incidents that led to his unceremonious exit some six years ago.