If Ray Allen is going to mention Rajon Rondo's name in his new book From the Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love, the former Boston Celtics point guard wants a cut of his profits. “He just wants attention,” Rondo told the Boston Globe. “I need actually some sales from [the book], only [publicity] it’s been getting is from my name. I need some percentage or something. His people contact my people or something. The only pub I’ve been hearing about is when he mentions my name.”
In a recent excerpt from the book. Allen claims that Rondo was nearly traded to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul, but the trade fell through because Celtics head coach Doc Rivers “decided he couldn't do that to their coach, Monty Williams." Rivers was a mentor to Williams and Rondo had developed a reputation for being tough to coach. The implication is that Doc didn't want to burden Williams with having to coach someone like Rondo.
Rondo and Allen had a tumultuous relationship when the two played together and won a title with the Celtics. When Rondo planned a reunion vacation trip for the Celtics’ 2008 championship team, he allegedly asked his teammates if Allen should be invited. Many of them said no, but publicly denied their opposition to the idea of having Allen tag along. The trip never took place, but Rondo feels like Allen is still harboring some ill will over not being included in his plans.
While the two appear destined to never work out their differences, Rondo is open to the possibility of one day reconnecting with Allen. “I just want to talk to him man-to-man,” Rondo said. “I don’t have a problem with the man. I haven’t said anything. The problem is maybe he feels some type of way because the reunion trip thing came out. All I did was ask the rest of the guys. I’m the point guard, so I’m going to organize the trip. I asked the rest of my guys what y’all want to do, and they said no. What am I supposed to do?”