Ray Allen played through a tremendous amount of pain and those ankles of his severely limited him at the end of the year. Where he ends up next year is anyone's guess, but he intends to have good ankles when he gets there.
Ray Allen vowed to take care of his problematic right ankle quickly, and the Celtics guard was as good as his word. Allen will have surgery to remove bone spurs from the ankle at 6 a.m. on Wednesday at New England Baptist Hospital, according to a source.
And now for a rumor that is both sad and not very surprising at the same time.
"There is going to be a ton of interest in Ray Allen in the offseason," Mannix said. "He's going to be able to pick and choose where he wants to play." Allen conceivably could return to Boston, but Mannix said that decision might be affected by Allen's apparent struggles to get along with Rajon Rondo. "I think there's no question that the relationship was strained over this year," Mannix said. "How strained is the key, and it's still a little bit unclear. There was some friction between those two. I think that could play a role in Ray's decision not to come back.
People don't always have to get along to be good teammates and "friction" can either be a long festering thing or a fleeting thing, soon forgotten. Without being in the locker room, we'll never know the full truth and I'm not sure it matters much any more.
We know Rondo can be prickly and we know that Ray can be somewhat stubborn (both attitudes can be good things and bad things depending on the circumstance). We also know that those two had enough chemistry on the court that they sometimes seemed be be locked in a Vulcan mind meld. So there's that.
I would also venture to say that Ray not coming back would be for a lot of reasons that likely have nothing to do with Rondo. But this seemed like an interesting rumor and I would be remiss not to pass it along. Consider it passed.
Update: Jackie MacMullen lends further insight into the Ray Allen situation and comes to the same general conclusions (even mentioning the rift between Rondo and Allen).
Allen's situation is markedly different. He disagreed with the decision to have Bradley supplant him in the starting lineup. His shot opportunities dropped markedly, and his soured relationship with Rondo was evident. Allen was also stung by Boston's attempt to deal him to Memphis for O.J. Mayo.
There will be no hometown discount taken by the NBA's all-time 3-point king. All indications are the time has come for Allen and the Celtics to part ways.