Ray Allen acknowledged during an interview with ESPN's Doris Burke at halftime of the Celtics-Heat game that his return to Boston brought a lot of emotions.
"It's tough," Allen said of being back in TD Garden for the first time since leaving for Miami this offseason. "This is a building I've won a lot of big games in, played in a lot of big games. This building has special moments, special feelings for me. It's good to be back, but under different circumstances."
As a video tribute to Allen began to play on the JumboTron during the first TV timeout, a few boos bounced around the arena before quickly shifting to a standing ovation as the video culminated with Allen and his Celtics teammates celebrating the 2007-08 championship and the message, "Thanks for the memories, Ray."
Allen was promptly showered with boos when he checked in soon after and Boston fans jeered each time he touched the ball over the rest of the first half.
Asked by Burke about the tribute, Allen said, "People asked me how I'd feel coming in here and I said I would take a business mentality approach. When I got here, I remembered so many things and so many people. The emotions welled up in me. So I felt happy they acknowledged it, but you want to get it over with at the same time."