It’s safe to say that Ray Allen is officially back in the Boston Celtics fans’ good graces.
The 2008 NBA champion is among the most notable participants in the TD Garden for Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals as the Celtics look to extend the streak and eventually claim their first title since Allen rocked green more than a decade ago .
Allen appears to be back in the good graces of Boston fans – as well as his 2008 teammates – after attending Kevin Garnett’s jersey retirement ceremony in March.
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Allen hit one of the most iconic shots in Finals history in a Game 6… for the Miami Heat, forcing overtime with a 3-point point from the corner 5.2 seconds from time and helping the Heat stave off elimination and forcing a seventh game would continue to win and conquer back-to-back titles. It’s also symbolic that Allen is in attendance to witness Stephen Curry break Allen’s record for 3-point field goals earlier this season.
However, star power hardly begins and ends with Allen when it comes to who’s at TD Garden for Game 6. Several other members of the 2008 Celtics are in the building, including Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Kendrick Perkins, Leon Powe and former GM Danny Ainge — not to mention Eddie House and Brian Scalabrine as part of NBC Sports Boston’s coverage.
There are many other players who can win championships for other Boston teams including Devin McCourty, Patrice Bergeron, Duron Harmon, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Chris Sale. Other Boston athletes in attendance include Charlie McAvoy, Damien Harris, Byron Cowart, Connor Clifton, Nick Foligno and numerous members of the Red Sox.
With the US Open just a few miles away at The Country Club in Brookline, Rory McIlroy – who is just one shot away from the lead after Thursday’s Round 1 – is at the TD Garden while many members of the St. Louis Cardinals, highlighted by the great Albert Pujols, are also among the rafters.
Pujols, 42, played against the Red Sox in the 2004 World Series for the Cardinals, who were swept away when Boston won its first title in 86 years.
Musically, members of the Dave Matthews Band headed to Boston ahead of a show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Friday. Rappers Gucci Mane and G-Eazy are also in the house.