'Oh, that guy': Rondo brushes off question on Allen

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'Oh, that guy': Rondo brushes off question on Allen

Rajon Rondo's offseason tour has brought him from Asia with Red Bull to New York City Fashion Week with GQ. On Tuesday, he stopped by BET's "106 & Park". He talked the upcoming season, but didn't have much to say about Ray Allen.

BET: Have you talked to Jesus? Have you talked to Ray Allen, man?
Rondo: Oh, that guy.
BET: Ohh.
Rondo: I talk to the Lord.
BET: You say you what?
Rondo: To the Lord.

Allen, nicknamed "Jesus Shuttlesworth" for the character he played in the movie "He Got Game," signed with the Miami Heat in July as an unrestricted free agent. Following his departure from the Boston Celtics, reports buzzed of a soured relationship between the two guards.

Their roles changed significantly during the five seasons they played together. Over the years, Rondo, 26, transformed from a pass-first point guard who took a backseat to his Hall of Fame-bound veteran teammates to the Celtics floor general that looked for his shot more and more frequently as he developed. Allen, on the other hand, got less touches as time went on. Just over a year after becoming the NBAs all-time leading three-point shooter, the 16-year veteran was moved to the Celtics bench as their back up shooting guard behind 21-year-old Avery Bradley following injury setbacks.

When it came time to determine the next step in his career, Allen, 37, turned down more money with the Celtics and inked a deal with the defending NBA champions. Last month Celtics head coach Doc Rivers spoke on the two star players, insisting the finger should be pointed at him for Allen's departure, not Rondo.

"People can use all the Rondo stuff and it was there, no doubt about that but it was me more than Rondo," Rivers told Yahoo! Sports. "I'm the guy who gave Rondo the ball. Think about everything Allen said when he left, 'I want to be more of a part of the offense.' Everything was back at Rondo. And I look at that, and say, 'That's not Rondo's fault.' That's what I wanted Rondo to do, and that's what Rondo should've done."

Rondo is looking ahead to the upcoming season rather than focusing on the players who left. He has high expectations for the 2012-13 team and looks forward to competing alongside the new faces in the Celtics backcourt.

I think we'll be a lot better than last year, so I look forward to a great season, he said. I'm excited about the addition of players Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, so we'll be pretty good.

As for teams around the NBA who are compiling powerhouse lineups, Rondo isnt phased.

We're one of those teams, so I'm fine with it (laughs), he said. I think we have a good shot at winning this, so teams can do whatever.

The Celtics and Heat will face off on Opening Night in Miami on October 30.

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

BOSTON -- When it comes to NBA awards and accolades, players in contention often try to play it cool when asked about whether they are deserving.
 
And then there’s Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, who gives a definitive response whenever the question about whether he should be an All-Star starter is raised.
 
We’ll find out later today if Thomas will in fact be named as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team when the East and West starters are announced. 
 
“It’s a little bit refreshing in that he is open about it,” Danny Ainge said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show this morning. “But every player wants to be acknowledged by their fan base, by other players in the league, coaches. You come into the league and as a young player you want to earn the respect of your peers and then you want to get paid and then you want to be an All-Star; maybe that’s the wrong order; and then nothing more important than winning.
 
Ainge added, “Isaiah is having a great year. He’s talked a lot about it. At some point in his career, he’ll talk about the most important thing and that’s winning championships.”
 
Ainge pointed to when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were all Celtics, there was no mistaking that winning came before anything else.
 
But where those guys were in their careers in terms of individual achievements and just age, were major factors in their focus being so deeply rooted in winning.
 
“Along the way they all want to win, but when you get to the point where Paul, Ray and KG were in their 30s, they didn’t care about any of that other stuff because they had it all, already,” Ainge said. “They had multiple All-Star games, they had big contracts, winning became the only thing that mattered.”
 
In other Celtics-related news, Ainge said that there’s no timetable for when Avery Bradley (right Achilles strain) will return to the floor. He has missed five of the last six games with the injury which includes last night’s loss to the New York Knicks which was a game in which the 6-foot-2 Bradley was a last-minute scratch from the lineup