Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics dishes out the ball like Rajon Rondo. He ignores Ray Allen.
When the late Celtic #20 took his disparaging comments to a Boston media maven named Jackie MacMullen and ranked the Celtics as purely rank, they were fighting words.
Allen turned down a no-trade contract and twice the money to jump ship. The no-trade clause came after he was practically in another uniform twice in two years. The yo-yo treatment came back to bite the Celtics.
Rondo himself responded to the Allen comments by having no comment and not even identifying Allen as anything more than "Number Twenty." Ray has become the man without a name in Boston.
Worse yet, the Allen attack on Rivers noted that the beloved coach and affable basketball mentor had never called Ray to tell him he wanted the future Hall of Famer to stay in Boston. This was apparently the final straw in Allen's straw poll of friends and family.
Doc amplified on his snub this week by saying the team would not concentrate on Ray during the up-coming season. There would be no gunfight at the OK Corral for the Celtics. They will let the gunslinging Allen fire his three-pointers ad nauseum.
Rivers noted in his own volley at #20 that there were two or three better players on the Miami Heat than Allen. Now we know why Ray never received that courtesy call from the coach.
If Halloween and the NBA season seem to be coinciding this year, we have seen the former Celtic and his long lost teammates take off the masks in preparation for a scary shooting match.