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‘He just wants attention’: Rajon Rondo responds to Ray Allen book excerpts

(Sue OgrockiAP)

NEW ORLEANS — Rajon Rondo says he moved on years ago from the issues of the Big Three, especially his relationship with Ray Allen, so he’s perplexed as to why his name keeps surfacing in excerpts from Allen’s soon-to-be-released book, “From The Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love,” about his NBA life.

The excerpts include several stories about Allen’s years with the Celtics, some of them involving his troubled relationship with Rondo, now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. In one, Allen writes that the Celtics wanted to trade Rondo to the New Orleans Hornets several years ago for Chris Paul, but that then-Celtic coach Doc Rivers didn’t want the prickly Rondo to play for his close friend Monty Williams.

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In another, Allen writes that Rondo once told Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce that he carried them to the 2008 NBA Finals in what was his second NBA season.

When asked about these excerpts and his decayed relationship with Allen, Rondo told the Globe he was confused as to why these stories are surfacing years later.

“He just wants attention,” Rondo said. “I need actually some sales from [the book], only [publicity] it’s been getting is from my name. I need some percentage or something.”

The Celtics’ second edition of the Big Three has been fractured since Allen decided to sign with the Heat after the 2011-12 season. Allen felt betrayed by the organization because the front office didn’t offer him an extension, then signed 3-point shooter Jason Terry the first day of free agency.

Since then, Allen has mended fences with Pierce; Rondo and Garnett haven’t settled their differences with Allen.

“Obviously, that man is hurting,” Rondo said of Allen. “I don’t know if it’s financially, I don’t know if it’s mentally. He wants to stay relevant. I am who I am. I don’t try to be something I’m not. I can’t say the same for him. He’s looking for attention. I’m a better human being than that. I take accountability for my actions. Certain [stuff] happens in my life, I man up. But he has a whole other agenda.”

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Rondo’s difficult relationship with Allen resurfaced when he was asked to plan a reunion vacation trip for the 2008 title team. Rondo said he asked his teammates if they wanted Allen to attend and many of them say they didn’t.

Some players on the record said they didn’t mind if Allen attended. The trip has yet to occur.

“He’s been retired for whatever years, and now he comes out with a book,” Rondo said of Allen. “People do that in that situation they need money. He should have hit me up and asked me for a loan or something. It’s no hard feelings.”

Rondo said he would not mind having a conversation with Allen to air their differences and come to a resolution.

“I just want to talk to him man-to-man,” Rondo said. “I don’t have a problem with the man. I haven’t said anything. The problem is maybe he feels some type of way because the reunion trip thing came out. All I did was ask the rest of the guys. I’m the point guard, so I’m going to organize the trip. I asked the rest of my guys what y’all want to do, and they said no. What am I supposed to do?

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“I’ll be the fall guy, but damn now you in the book talking about this and that. And for me as a teammate, I probably supported [Allen] more than anybody on the team, all [his stuff] that [he] had going on in Boston. I wasn’t mad that [he] went to Miami.

“If everybody in the league came out and wrote a book about what happens in the locker room . . .”