Interesting interview yesterday in Miami with Ray Allen continuing his divorce shots towards Boston as he sucks it up on the court in Miami so far.
How did you deal with all the negativity of you leaving Boston because you chose to come here?
“Well it was just really a shame because on one hand you could say so many great things about me as a player and my impact on the floor, and not only on the floor but off the floor, like we did so many great things in the community — not only as a team, but as individuals — and that was my community and I support it as much as I could. We had some foundation initiatives that we still continue to do, so that doesn’t change me. It was a business decision and the team put me in the position where we had to move. We had to go. Miami was a better choice for us based on what the team was doing, so it wasn’t, don’t boo me, boo the team in a sense. Now it’s out of my control. … When this contract situation came down, everybody in my circle — mom, family, brother, sister, friends from college, people who watched me since I was in high school and since I was in college — nobody wanted me to resign in that situation because they thought, ‘There [is] so much left in you and this team isn’t taking care of you or treating you right.’ That’s the way I felt and it was like, if you are going to come and not put out a good contract on the table then, hey, we gotta think about going somewhere else.”
Get over it Ray. You're 37. You're no longer a superstar in the NBA. Haven't been for a while. So what the team explored trading you? If you were such a star that wasn't worth trading, you would have led the Celtics to a better record by the deadline (and Ainge wouldn't have felt the need to shake things up). Guys get offered in trades all the time. You never minded all the trades of teammates until you were the one being shopped. The Celtics offered you MUCH more money than the Heat and also a no-trade clause. Give me a break with this whole the Celtics left me no choice BS. You got seduced by LeBron, Wade, Riley, and the Miami lifestyle. Man up and admit it.
You think the fans should boo the team? Why? They added two players that are both better than you now (each for the half the money you were demanding). I'd be much more scared of the Heat with Jason Terry than with you. Stop your need to be so passive aggressive. If you're happy in Miami, then talk about Miami.
This Keyon Dooling quote from Jackie MacMullan's recent amazing article on Rajon Rondo was one of several quotes that shoe clearly that Ray needed to go to get that ubuntu back.
"Sometimes it felt like Ray spent more time talking to the media than he did to his teammates.''
Preach Reverend. All these locker room leaks were coming from Ray. He had to go.
Thanks ichiko for the tip.
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