Found July 07, 2012 on
New England Sports React:
The NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers with 2,718 will join the likes of superstars Lebron James and Dwyane Wade next season.
He could’ve gone to any other team. But Ray Allen decided to completely throw aside loyalty in sports and take his talents to South Beach. You heard right. Instead of taking more money to stay with his Big Three teammates and have one or two more runs at the Miami Heat and another championship, the greatest three-point shooter ever decided to join the enemy. Now I respect Ray as a player, including his contributions in Boston over five seasons and the one championship he helped deliver, but I will no longer be able to respect his character after this move. I regret calling it a “classless act” as I remarked in a tweet last night immediately after I learned of his decision, but it certainly was a low blow to the Celtics organization and fan base who supported him so heartily.
I know Ray was perturbed about the team looking to move him the past couple of years, along with the choice to start the younger Avery Bradley over him in the second half of the season, but those seem petty excuses to leave Boston. Sports are a business, too, after all. Then there’s the sour relationship he had with point guard Rajon Rondo; give me a break. That sort of stuff happens on every team; most players just learn to shut up and deal with it. Now I know some of you may say him leaving was as much a business decision as the C’s looking to deal him, and you’re absolutely right. But to choose a team that has knocked you out of the playoffs the past two seasons was plain wrong, a proverbial slap in the face to Celtics Nation. It was, in my eyes, a cowardly decision, choosing the luxury of playing in Miami next to three All-Stars instead of grinding out a season with the nitty-gritty Celtics.
It does, however, prove what we’ve always known about Ray: that he’s a finesse basketball player. He’s soft, not willing to bang for buckets, and has reached the point in his career where his age now prevents him from getting open shots on his own. Ball screens and kick-outs are the only way in which Ray can get clean looks, but with the driving ability of Lebron James and Dwyane Wade getting open threes shouldn’t be a problem for the veteran. Still, I think the boasting of the Heat GM and players about how beneficial this move will be for them is a bit of an exaggeration. Ray’s a year older, 37, and his recovery from bone spurs in his ankle could prove an adjustment period at the beginning of the season. Whatever happens, I’d like to thank Ray for what he did over his five years here, but wish him nothing but the worst in Miami. This move should prompt Danny Ainge to make an even greater push to put together a team that can chase down Banner 18, so while Ray leaving may be bittersweet I believe it will ultimately favor the Celtics.
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Personally, I think Ray just spat in the face of true fans like the ones below. I won't boo him but he has to understand this won't be quickly forgiven by fans, especially Boston fans.
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Looking at the photo above probably extracts an emotion from
you one way or another but to me, the photo above doesn’t mean much. The acquisition of Ray Allen for the
Miami Heat will be perfect for both parties. Ray Allen now gets his wish of standing in a corner taking
four three pointers a game while not doing much else. I get that making your opponent stronger is...
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