How will Ray Allen be received when the Miami Heat visit the Garden next season?
from the outcry over Allen's departure to Miami, not well. Had he gone
to the Clippers, Grizzlies or any other port but Miami and it would have
been "thanks for the memories, best of luck." But the Miami Heat are to
the Celtics now what the Yankees are to the Red Sox and what the Jets
are to the Patriots - public enemies #1. So what are we to make of
Allen's decision to pass up a 2 year \$12 million deal from the Celtics
for a 3 year \$9 million deal from the Heat?
You can't say he
moved for the money, Allen had plenty of other reasons to take his
talents to South Beach. Over the past two winters Danny Ainge floated
Allen as trade bait. This past season the Celtics thought they had a
deal moving Allen to the Memphis Grizzlies, the deal fell through AFTER
Danny Ainge told Allen he was being traded. That was the beginning of
the end of Ray Allen as a Celtic. Allen feared the same scenario this
year or next if he took the Celtics deal. If he was dealt by the Celtics
it would have been labeled as "part of the business." But by leaving
the Celtics on HIS terms, Allen is labeled by many as a traitor. Doesn't
seem fair does it.
Allen didn't think it was fair that Kevin
Garnett AND Jason Terry received three year deals while he was only
offered two years. So he made the move before someone made it for him
and Celtics fans should wish him well, stand and cheer when he revisits
the Garden. Save for his ankle injury this season Allen was an everyday
player during his five seasons as well as the deadliest shooter ever to
wear green. He was instrumental in the 2008 title run and don't ever
forget that in the clinching game 6 Allen drained 7 three pointers one
day after his young son was diagnosed with diabetes. Ray Allen was a
workaholic, a good citizen of the community and most important of all - a
Celtic. For those who ever played pro basketball there is no higher
honor or compliment.