The longstanding beef between Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen appears to be as fresh as ever.
Once upon a time, Garnett and Allen comprised two-thirds of the original Big Three with the Boston Celtics. They ended up winning one championship together in 2008, but never after that. In 2012, Allen ditched Boston for their biggest rivals at the time, the Miami Heat, with whom he went on to win another title.
Garnett has never forgiven for him it.
Their beef was on full display this week, when Garnett reminded the world just how much he hates Allen in a recent Instagram post:
KG just cropped Ray Allen out on his IG story💀 pic.twitter.com/8LJIx33QLo
— BostonCelticsForever (@BostonCelts4eva) August 22, 2021
While Garnett is obviously extremely salty about how the Celtics-Allen break-up happened, it’s hard to fault the latter party for what transpired.
Allen wanted three years and $24 million from the team to re-sign. They refused, offering him two years and $6 million – plus they asked him to take a bench role.
“So let me see if I got this straight,” Allen wrote in his 2018 memoir, From the Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love. “You want to pay me less money. You want to bring me off the bench. You want to continue to run the offense around [Rajon] Rondo. Now tell me again exactly why I would want to sign this contract?”
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— Game 7 (@game7__) August 23, 2021
Apparently that doesn’t matter to Garnett, though.
Allen has never been one to bite his tongue. Whether he is telling it how it is regarding James Harden or speaking bluntly about an NBA comeback – he generally keeps it pretty real. So the fact that he has yet to truly respond to Garnett, after all these years and so many shots lobbed in his direction, is absolutely fascinating.
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