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Ray Allen says he doesn't have 'ill will' towards former Celtics teammates

Ray Allen says he doesn't have 'ill will' towards former Celtics teammates

Paul Pierce said in an Instagram post Saturday night that it is time for his former Celtics teammates to turn the page and bury the hatchet with Ray Allen.

In an interview with ESPN, Allen addressed his move to Miami, and made it clear that he doesn't have an issue with his former teammates. 

“That’s a conversation that has to be had with Paul,” Allen explained. “Because if you remember I haven’t said anything negative about those guys. . . I don’t have any ill will. When I left, I was a free agent.”

Allen said that the situation that led to his departure is “tough for fans to understand” and there’s “so much that goes on behind the scenes.”

“You have your issues, you have your beefs that you have,” Allen said. “It’s up to a team to make sure they. . . in a free-agency period, make sure they take care of whatever issue you may have. If a team doesn’t do that, then you have to make sure you find the best situation that’s available. 

“That was probably one of the hardest decisions that I had to make because I didn’t want to leave. I didn’t want to have to.” 

Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.