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Rajon Rondo on Ray Allen: "I don't have a problem with the man"

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 15:17 IST

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Rajon Rondo says he doesn't have a problem with Ray Allen

What's the story?

Rajon Rondo is confused over the fact that why is his name being tossed around in the public in relation to Ray Allen’s new book. 

In case you didn't know...

Ray Allen is publishing a new book named "From the Outside: My Journey through Life and the Game I Love,". In one of the experts of this book, Allen tells that if it wasn’t for Doc Rivers, Chris Paul would have been a Celtic. 

The heart of the matter...

After moving ahead from his tumultuous relation with Allen, Rondo is confused as to why is his name being brought up in connection with Allen’s new book.

"He just wants attention," Rondo told The Boston Globe. "I need actually some sales from [the book], only [publicity] it's been getting is from my name. I need some percentage or something. His people contact my people or something. The only pub I've been hearing about is when he mentions my name."

The stories in the book are in reference to the poor relationship between Allen and Rondo.

"Obviously that man is hurting," Rondo said of Allen. "I don't know if it's financially, I don't know if it's mentally. He wants to stay relevant. I am who I am. I don't try to be something I'm not. I can't say the same for him. He's looking for attention. I'm a better human being than that. I take accountability for my actions."

Rondo also told the newspaper that he would be open to talking to Allen and trying to mend fences. "I just want to talk to him man-to-man. I don't have a problem with the man," Rondo said.

"I'll be the fall guy, but damn, now you in the book talking about this and that. And for me as a teammate, I probably supported [Allen] more than anybody on the team, all [his stuff] that [he] had going on in Boston. I wasn't mad that he went to Miami."

What's next?

The book is going to be published on March 27th. 


Author's take

It seems like it would have been best if the Celtics had just traded Rondo due to the increased friction between the All-Stars. The legacy of the Celtics and both these players could have been different. 

Published 19 Mar 2018, 13:44 IST
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