BOSTON (CBS) — Much like Ray Allen, Danny Ainge has not received an invite to the 2007-08 Celtics reunion party.

He’s not too surprised that he won’t be at that bash, but the man who constructed that title team is still disappointed that Allen is getting snubbed by his former teammates.

“I was surprised,” Ainge said during his weekly interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Thursday. “Ray was such a big part of that, it would defeat the purpose. He was a huge, huge part of that championship run.”

The snub stems from Allen leaving the Celtics in 2012 to join their biggest rival at the time, the Miami Heat, and he even took less money to do so. While Allen’s former teammates still hold that decision against him, Ainge does not, and never did.

“It’s a business and I think there were a lot of contributing factors. I don’t hold that against Ray,” he said, unwilling to go into the many different factors.

Ainge said he’s had a few conversations with Allen since he departed, but he’s never asked why he chose Miami.

“I think I know; I lived that with him and went through that,” Ainge said. “I think there were a lot of contributing factors and not just one thing. It was a difficult decision for Ray and I wish he hadn’t done it. But he did. … I’m a fan of Ray and grateful for what he brought to the Boston Celtics. He’s a great guy.”

Comments (8)
  1. Danny Ainge kept shopping Ray Allen in trade talks and that hurt his pride. If Kevin or Paul were shopped around there would of been an uproar in Celtics nation but Danny felt that for some reason at the time that Ray Allen was expendable. He was looking to make the team better which is his job. He underestimated the fact that Ray was a very proud person who would never go to the enemy which was Miami and for less money. Plus the fact that Rondo would drive Ray crazy by having him run around picks all game and never giving him the ball. So Ray got back at Danny by going to Miami and winning another two Championships. His shot actually saved Miami and allowed them to win one of them. In retrospect, I believe Danny would things differently if he had known that Ray would leave them team and go to a rival.

  2. Dave Tran says:

    As a Celtic fan, it hurt to see Ray go. You’ve got one of the greatest shooters to ever play this game who was still in very good physical condition and you wont find some space in the offence to get him some shots? Ray isn’t known as a defensive juggernaut by any means, so if you’re not getting him the ball, then what’s the point of having him on the floor? Doc Rivers, ladies & gentlemen, is an overrated coach who got lucky with us when a hungry KG, PP & Ray Allen came together.

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