Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca shared their thoughts on Ray Allen and their desire to bury the recent feud between the two sides.
The C's owners joined "The Felger and Mazz" show Friday to talk about Kevin Garnett's supposed snub of his former teammate before the season opener in Miami and about Allen's comments that he was mistreated by the Celtics.
"It was fine," Grousbeck said of Garnett's lack of reaction to Allen's pregame well wishes the other night. "It was KG. You're not going to change him."
And what about coach Doc Rivers' hugging Allen before the game?
"Doc's Doc," Grousbeck said. "Just like KG is KG. It's part of why it works when it works around here."
And the owners' reaction to Allen saying he wasn't treated well in his final years in Boston?
"Ray saw an opportunity to get some things off his chest," Grousbeck said. "Look, we had him traded last year in a deal that fell apart at the last minute. He lost his starting job."
When Allen returns to the TD Garden as a member of the Heat in January, Grousbeck said the team will play a highlight video of Allen's Celtics days and, "We'll cheer him when he comes."
There's no denying Allen was an intregal part of the Celtics' championship in 2008 and their recent playoff runs.
"I'll be wearing my right when Allen returns with the Heat," Grousbeck said. "I wouldn't have it if not for Ray."
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WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”
Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . . he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”