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Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck was on WEEI this afternoon talking about Ray Allen’s defection to Miami:
“I was utterly surprised,” Grousbeck said. “I knew there was some emotion involved. I respect Ray and I always will. … He’s been a great Celtic and we’ll never forget that.
“I was surprised, I wasn’t utterly shocked. Let’s face it: He was not necessarily going to start. He was not necessarily — as Doc [Rivers] put it, he felt somehow that he was slighted possibly in the recruiting process this offseason. … If Doc’s report is correct, Ray felt like he was second fiddle to first Avery Bradley and then Kevin Garnett. And also he decided to go to our arch-rivals for less than half the money, so be it.”
Although the Celtics offered substantially more than the Heat, Grousbeck said Allen wanted more from Boston.
“There was a price tag put out there, it just wasn’t one we could get to,” he said.
Added Grousbeck: “We respect [Allen's] decision. I think it’s fantastic, because i
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I completely understand why Ray Allen chose to sign with the Miami Heat.
He gets to go to a team that will contend for a championship every year for the rest of his career, his game is made easier for his aging legs as he’ll likely have many more open, spot-up jumpers with the Heat, and not running through multiple screens to get open. He’s going to Miami, where he can play golf...
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Of those lamenting Ray Allen leaving Boston for Miami, Celtics coach Doc Rivers will be among the saddest to see the shooting guard go. In the run-up to free agency, Rivers was optimistic that Allen would return but also admitted he wasn't sure what Allen was thinking. When the news finally came that the player Rivers had once said would be "scary" to lose was going...
MIAMI (AP) -- Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have signed their contracts with the NBA champion Miami Heat, and will be introduced in news conferences later Wednesday.
Allen agreed to join the Heat on Friday. Lewis agreed to terms with Miami on Tuesday. Neither deal could be completed until the NBA's offseason moratorium expired Wednesday.
Allen will make just over 3 million this...
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We have our first “upset” of this year’s Madness. Former Celtic (have to get used to saying that) Ray Allen’s AJ XIII away p.e.’s were crushed by Rondo’s Huaraches. Now obviously I know much of Rondo’s votes may have come after Ray decided to jet for Miami, but the fans have spoken. Rondo’s Nike Huarache bball 2012 received 63% of your votes to move on to the next...
With the recent moves of Steve Nash to the Lakers and Ray Allen to the Heat, it’s abundantly clear that the NBA, despite the salary cap restrictions and measures put in place to end the lockout, is still a league of haves and have-nots. With free agency, the teams in California, New York, and Florida are getting the upper hand with players taking less money to team up with other...
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