It’s interesting but there may be more talk about Ray Allen now that he’s playing for the Miami Heat than when he played for the Boston Celtics. Allen, who played a pivotal role as a member of the Celtics’ Big Three and a participant in Boston’s last championship season, chose to play for the Heat for less money than return to the Boston Celtics. This week a few Boston basketball personalities, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers, had a few things to say about Allen.
Paul Pierce Mixed Emotions
Paul Pierce recently spoke about Allen and he did so with mixed feelings. Pierce said that he was a “little bitter” about Allen’s decision to leave Boston. But Pierce also said that he understood why Allen did what he did.
Pierce noted on the team’s website, “Ray made the best decision for him. That’s what it’s all about: You get in these situations, you become a free agent and you make a decision based on what’s best for you and your family.” Pierce then added, “Ray will always be a brother for me. If it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be wearing a championship ring. So the things he was able to do for this organization will never be forgotten.”
Pierce summarized what a lot of people are feeling about Allen’s decision to go to the Heat and drink Pat Riley’s Kool-Aid. He understands that his former teammate wants to win another ring, he’s upset about his leaving and he’s angry but he appreciates all Allen has done.
Doc Rivers Takes the Heat
Doc Rivers was talking to Yahoo! Sports while serving as a NBC analyst when he took the blame for Allen’s decision to go to Miami rather than stay with the Celtics. The Boston coach said that Rondo was not to blame for Allen leaving.
Rivers noted, “Think about everything (Allen) said when he left, ‘I want to be more of a part of the offense.’ Everything was back at Rondo. And I look at that, and say, ‘That’s not Rondo’s fault.’ That’s what I wanted Rondo to do, and that’s what Rondo should’ve done.”
Basically, Rivers noted that it was his decisions regarding playing time for Allen versus Rondo. I like the fact that Rivers stepped up and took the heat. There are a few Boston coaches who can take a lesson from this guy.
Celtics & Heat
Paul Pierce noted that it will be “weird” going up against Allen when the Celtics and Heat meet in the first game of the season. All eyes will be on Allen and the Heat when the two teams play one another in that initial contest and in every game of the 2012-2013 NBA season.