Ray Allen says Doc Rivers brought him off the bench because Rajon Rondo stopped passing to him
There is no love lost between Ray Allen and his former team, the Boston Celtics. Prior to his recent Hall of Fame induction, the 43-year-old could not help but air his grievances during his stint as part of the C’s.
Allen, speaking in an interview on NBC Sports Boston, admitted that at first, he tried to ignore the whispers surrounding him and his doomed relationship with one of his former teammates, Rajon Rondo.
“There were parts throughout the season where I was starting to feel this type of resentment toward me on the floor. Other people would tell me at first, and I would ignore it, because I don’t like people getting into my team business, because this is my teammate. But people would always say, ‘He looks you off. When you come off a screen, he sees you and he doesn’t pass you the ball when you’re open.’
“At first, my family would say it, because they watch intently, and they they know the game. And so I just said, ‘Listen, because you have said this before about other guys, but I don’t engage in that.’ So then, I started paying attention to it, because I started noticing it.”
However, as Allen let it sink in, he realized that there actually was something wrong. This was when he brought the issue up with his former coach Doc Rivers.
“And I went to Doc. And I asked Doc, and I said, ‘Doc, I think dude is looking me off, and he’s not passing me the ball. And I don’t know why, but I’m coming off, I’m running the plays that you’re drawing up, and he’s not passing me the ball. And he’ll shoot it or he’ll go in the other direction.’”
To Allen’s surprise, Rivers actually already knew about the problem at hand but did little to try and resolve it. In fact, in Allen’s opinion, this is the very reason why his coach decided to remove him from the team’s starting lineup.
“And Doc’s response was, ‘I know. We talked about it as a coaching staff.’
“I was like, ‘Wow. So you knew this whole time and you didn’t say anything. You didn’t address it to me and, more importantly, you’re not addressing him about it.’
“I think his response or his way of handling it was, this is when he wanted to bring me off the bench.”
Allen is obviously still feeling hard done by Rondo and Rivers and is using his Hall of Fame spotlight to let this be known.