Kendrick Perkins Reveals How The C Got Ray Allen And Rajon Rondo To Fix Their Beef Originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Ray Allen’s decade-long feud with Kevin Garnett is well-documented, but his relationship with Rajon Rondo may have been more strained.
In fact, the relationship between Allen and Rondo became so bad that they got into a big fight. Former Boston Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins takes a front-row seat in this drama and reveals the wild ways his teammates let the two settle their differences.
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“When things started going south, the first event in my opinion was when Ray traded so hard for Rondo [Chris Paul]”Perkins in JJ Redick’s old man with three podcast. “It went back to Rondo. Right there, we started to have a little friction.
“We had Ray and Rondo actually box it. They had so much beef, we got to the practice range, we brought boxing gloves, and they had to box it because we didn’t want to be nervous.”
This happened during the 2008-09 season, months after the Celtics won their first NBA championship since 1986. Allen and Rondo were teammates until Allen left the C team in 2012 to sign with their most hated rival at the time, the Miami Heat.
Allen’s departure left a bad impression on his former teammates, especially Garnett and Rondo. But 10 years later, at Garnett’s jersey retirement ceremony, it seems that there is finally no more sadness.
“I’m glad we’ve put it back together now,” Perkins added. “Ray, you saw him at the Boston game and he went to support [Kevin Garnett]. Everyone resumed the terms of the conversation. “
Rondo’s tenure with the Celtics ended in the 2014-15 season when he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. Given Boston’s inability to win another championship in the “Big Three” era, we can’t help but wonder how things would have played out if Danny Ainge took Allen’s advice and pulled the trigger to trade Rondo for CP3.