There were a number of poignant moments in Ray Allen’s Hall of Fame acceptance speech. However, one of the most endearing parts of the address came when the 43-year-old spoke highly about his former team, the Boston Celtics.
Allen had a remarkable 18-year career in the league. One of the high points of his illustrious stint as a professional came during his time with the Boston Celtics organization. In 2007, the Seattle Supersonics traded Allen to the Celtics in a multi-player deal.
Allen teamed up with the likes of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo to form one of, if not the first NBA super teams. In Allen’s debut season, the Celtics won the NBA title against fierce rivals Los Angeles Lakers.
After five seasons in Boston, Allen’s relationship with his teammates — Rondo in particular — took a turn for the worse. This prompted Allen to make an unceremonious exit from the team, and join arch-rivals Miami Heat. This left a bad taste in the mouths of Celtics supporters, and this untoward incident continues to haunt Allen’s otherwise stellar career.
Nonetheless, Allen appeared to have moved on from the said episode, and had nothing but great things to say about his former team.
“In my 12th year, I paired up with a couple of Hall of Famers in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett,” Allen said after the cheers quieted, via Chris Forsberg of ESPN. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I’d end up on that [title] stage.”
Allen notably left out Rondo’s name in this statement, so perhaps there is still some unresolved issues there. Then again, we may be wrong. Whatever the case may be, Allen has now officially etched his name in the history books as he enters the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.