Former Boston Celtics teammates Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen had an awkward interaction at the NBA 75 ceremony at the All-Star Game.
One of the highlights of the NBA All-Star weekend in Cleveland was the introduction of the NBA 75 team, which features the top 75 players in the league’s history. Two of the players to make the team were Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, both of whom were teammates on the Boston Celtics. But, that relationship got ice cold when Allen left the Celtics to sign with the Miami Heat in 2012.
During halftime of the All-Star Game on Sunday, they held the NBA 75 ceremony. Garnett and Paul Pierce were standing on the stage next to LeBron James. When Allen was introduced and approached the stage, he fist bumped James, his former Heat teammate, and not Garnett or Pierce.
Take a look at this awkward interaction.
Watch Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen’s awkward interaction at NBA 75 ceremony
This is not the first time during the day where Garnett and Allen were in close proximity of each other this weekend. During the official photo op, Garnett was standing in the row directly in front of Allen.
Both Garnett and Allen joined the Celtics at the start of the 2007-08 season, and they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals that year to win their first Larry O’Brien Trophy since 1986. They also made a trip to the NBA Finals in 2010. But after the 2011-12 season, Allen departed to join the Heat, a bitter rival of the Celtics during that time.
Garnett was, well, not happy about the decision. In a social media post last year, Garnett cropped Allen out of a photo of them alongside Rajon Rondo and Pierce at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game to post on his Instagram story.
But when they were named to the NBA 75 team this past fall, Garnett congratulated Allen on Instagram.
Even with the congratulations, Garnett and Allen had quite an awkward interaction at the NBA 75 ceremony.