Miamiherald – There was a time, only a few months ago, when Allen could have had his jersey retired next to those of Bird and Russell and Cousy and all the rest. He helped Boston win its first NBA championship in 22 years. He set the NBA record for three-pointers in shamrock green. There is a mystique to that shamrock. It’s stitched into the fabric of Boston like a badge of honor and it’s unlike anything else in basketball — maybe unlike anything else in American sports. To say otherwise, and to ignore that fact here, would be to ignore the very essence of this story’s significance. Loyalty is to Boston as money is to New York, politics is to Chicago, the Rocky Mountains are to Denver and Hollywood is to Los Angeles.
“I was very loyal to the city and I love the city, but when it came time to keep me in a uniform [the Celtics] did everything they could to seem like … to not want me to come back,” Allen said. Yes, the Celtics offered Allen plenty of money to stay, but Allen viewed it as a hollow gesture. Boston signed Jason Terry in early July, ensuring that Allen would receive fewer minutes. He already had been benched for Avery Bradley. For Allen, who had helped restore Boston as an Eastern Conference power, it was too much.
“In Boston, they were telling me they were going to bring me off the bench — ‘We’re going to play you less minutes’ — and all I asked was, ‘How are you going to use me because the last two years you’ve been using me as decoys,’ ” Allen said. “ ‘You’re running all these plays for me just to pass it to somewhere else and you’re not putting me into any scoring opportunities and I’m just standing over in the corner the majority of games.’ ” Old and in the corner, pushed to the periphery and collecting dust like a forgotten household appliance, or maybe an old bowling trophy: Allen wasn’t going out like that.
I got to be honest. Everytime Ray Allen opens his mouth I hate him more and more. I’ve never seen anybody act so insulted by getting a huge contract offer before. Like it’s pretty obvious what Ray Allen is saying here. He would have rather still been a starter and the Celtics have ZERO chance to beat Miami rather than the Celts make themselves better and he become a role player. And now somehow he has twisted that all up to the Cetls didn’t want him and they disrespected him. It’s a joke.
Newsflash you are way less important to Miami than you would have been to us. You just couldn’t get over the fact that Pierce, Garnett, and Rondo were the new Big Three and you were on the outskirts. That wasn’t because Rondo hated you. That wasn’t because Doc disrespected you. That’s because your skills have diminished to the point anybody with a brain knew we were better with Avery Bradley in the lineup. We probably beat Miami if he was healthy. You’re ego was just too big to accept it. You needed Doc to tell you that you were the most important player on the team and guarantee you that you’d get your minutes and points and we couldn’t win without you. You needed to have your dick stroked by everybody in the organization. You were insulted when KG was the priority in the offseason. You were insulted when we signed Jason Terry to help us win. You needed everything to be all about you. You can spin it anyway you want but you fucked up. You could have had your jersey hanging from the rafters of the most prestigious franchise in sports and been a legend forever here. Instead you are a traitor plain and simple.