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Doc Rivers: 2008 champion Celtics should celebrate Ray Allen

Coach Doc Rivers (right) is quick to embrace the contributions of Ray Allen during his playing career.2012 file/Andrew Innerarity/REUTERS

Former Celtics star Ray Allen on Friday will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, but his connection to Boston remains complicated.

Allen’s relationship with teammates from the Celtics’ 2008 title team such as Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce became fractured after Allen left Boston to join LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2012.

Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers, for one, would like to see any lingering animosity pushed to the side, and he would like to see Allen get a deserved reception in Boston, too.

“I hate seeing it,” Rivers, the current Clippers coach, said Tuesday during the annual Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Hoop Dreams charity event at TD Garden. “I would love this celebration for Ray.


“Not a lot said here [in Boston] about it. Ray won us a title. He really did. I think he should be celebrated. I think he should be celebrated in Boston. He’s responsible for that banner. If I had one wish, I wish I could do a better job of getting that group back together. I can get a lot of them back together, I just can’t get the whole group.

“They really should be [back together] because they were so close and it really hurts me to see what’s going on.”

Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.