Teppo Numminen Limited Jersey Kevin Garnett’s Area 21 on TNT brought in some interesting guests Monday night: Glen Big Baby Davis, Kendrick Perkins, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. As you can probably tell, those are all members of the 2008 title-winning Celtics with the notable exception of Ray Allen.
Allen upset his teammates when he left the team to join the Heat in 2012. The beef was recently revealed in an article on The Undefeated where members of the team admitted Allen wasn’t invited to a reunion they were putting together to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the championship.
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Following his retirement in 1992, Bird, a 12-time all-star and three-time MVP and champion, joined the Celtics as a special assistant in the front office, position he held for five years. He was tapped as the Pacers’ head coach prior to the start of the 1997-98 season and was named the league’s Coach of the Year after leading Indiana to a 58-24 mark and the first of three-straight appearances in the Eastern Conference Finals. To this day, he’s the only person to be named league MVP and Coach of the Year.
Bird left the sidelines after the Pacers’ 1999-00 campaign, which ended in a 4-2 series loss in the Finals to Phil Jackson’s Lakers. In 2003, Bird came back to the Pacers as President of Basketball Operations, earning NBA Executive of the Year honors for the 2011-12 season. In June of 2012, Bird vacated his role, citing health reasons only to return recommitted and healthier a year later.
According to Wojnarowski, Bird plans to remain with the Pacers as a consultant.