Report: Ray Allen invited to Kevin Garnett's Celtics number retirement


Several players from the Boston Celtics' 2008 NBA Finals-winning team are expected to be at TD Garden on Sunday when the franchise retires Kevin Garnett's No. 5 to the rafters, and that group might even include Ray Allen.

Allen has been invited to the ceremony, per Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe.

Garnett, of course, had a public feud with Allen going back to when the veteran shooting guard left the Celtics in the summer of 2012 to join LeBron James and the rival Miami Heat. The Celtics lost to James' Heat in the 2011 and 2012 playoffs. Allen helped the Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals, highlighted by his historic 3-pointer in Game 6 of the series.

Time heals all wounds, as the saying goes, so it's nice to hear Allen has been invited. Sunday's event is sure to be an emotional one at the Garden. Paul Pierce will be on hand as well, so if Allen attends, that means the Celtics' "Big Three" of that era will be fully present.

Garnett, Pierce and Allen saw each other at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland last month for the league's 75th anniversary team festivities. Garnett said he caught up with Allen and it went well.

NBC Sports Boston will have full live coverage of Garnett's number retirement ceremony Sunday around 6 p.m. ET, after the Celtics play the Dallas Mavericks. You can also watch the event via our live stream.