Allen says it’s a ‘shame’ KG won’t talk to him
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI — Miami Heat guard Ray Allen had a humorous reaction to Boston Celtics forward and former teammate Kevin Garnett’s proclamation that he no longer has Allen’s phone number.
“That’s a shame,” Allen said after the Heat practiced Saturday. “I’m a good person to talk to on the phone.”On a serious note, Allen said, “I’m not really worried about it.”
While Allen is being painted as the biggest turncoast in the Northeast since Benedict Arnold, it’s not like the Celtics were exactly loyal to Allen. Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge had Allen in trade scenarios the past two seasons.
“I’ve been in weird trade situations over the last couple of years,” Allen said. “You always felt like you had one foot in, one foot out.”
Now, he has both feet out.
Asked if that was just Garnett’s competitive nature speaking, Allen said, “That’s a question you have to ask him. I’ve been around long enough to know that you speak sometimes what’s been said — I don’t know how many miles apart — sometimes the translation gets mixed up. So I don’t worry about it.”
Allen still considers himself Garnett’s friend,
“Even if I was still there, I probably wouldn’t have talked to him much (this summer),” he said. “We’re friends regardless of what happened. I’m another team, and that’s my focus right now.”