Ray Allen Skips Paul Pierce Jersey Retirement, Posts Touching Tribute On Instagram

Ray Allen and Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics during a game against the Miami Heat in 2010.

Paul Pierce just had his jersey retired by the Boston Celtics and one conspicuous figure missing from the momentous event was former teammate Ray Allen. Pierce and Allen, along with other members of the 2018 NBA Championship team, have had their differences since the latter left Boston for the Miami Heat prior to the 2012-13 NBA season. The two, however, have since patched things up and there were hopes Allen would show up at the ceremony.

Despite not witnessing the No. 34 jersey raised to the rafters at the TD Garden, Allen continues to patch things up with Pierce as the former NBA star posted a lengthy message as a tribute to the Celtics legend, as ESPN reported.

“What we did in 2008 was special,” Allen said. “Not only by Boston standards but by professional sports standards. The truth is, without any one of us on that team we would’ve never been able to do the unthinkable.”

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