Ray Allen: The Boston Celtics Put Me In Position Where I Had To Move
October 19, 2012 – 7:30 am by Steven Cuce
Ray Allen goes by many different names these days to basketball fans. If you’re a Miami Heat fan, Allen is just the newest weapon to the team’s core of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. If you’re a Boston Celtics fan, Allen is now officially a traitor. Allen left Boston, where he was a part of something special, and now joined forces with the enemy.
For the rest of the NBA, this sure makes for some great entertainment in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics-Heat rivalry just added another chapter and the fun begins again when these two teams match up on Oct. 30.
Ray Allen joined WMEN in Miami with Big O to discuss the praise he has gotten from Miami Heat fans for joining the team in South Beach, fans booing players out of hatred, dealing with all the negative press coming out of Boston and taking on the Celtics on Oct. 30.
I think everyone is glad that you are on the Heat now so we don’t see you with the Celtics anymore, right?
“That’s a sentiment that was shared quite a bit as I spent the last two months here in Miami. Everybody was like, ‘I could not stand you. I rooted against you so much.’ People like me. One guy told me and said ‘I couldn’t cheer for anybody on your team. I cheer for you because I appreciate who you were as a player, but I can’t stand anyone else. I’m glad you are on the team now, so I can really truly root for you.’ That’s been a sentiment I’ve gotten all summer, so I appreciate that as well.”
I just can’t understand all the booing that fans do to players out of sheer hate and no respect. Do you?
“I hate it with a passion anywhere I go where we are beating the team by 20 and the fans boo. Because you never go out on the floor and try to be bad or try to suck out there. Everybody wants to be the best player they possibly could be and make a lot of money and win a championship. It’s just sometimes it’s not your night, like you face a team that’s tough and they put you in difficult position and a lot of times the reason why people boo is I don’t think they could understand what it’s like to do that on a nightly basis. You are traveling and you are in certain situations where everybody plays the ‘armchair quarterback,’ you know, sitting around and talking about what you could do and what somebody should do. We do it every Monday when we watch the highlights from football from that Sunday because you talk about bonehead plays and all these different situations, so I always say ‘Never judge a man until you walk a mile in his shoes.’ “
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.”
So this contract situation is going to add some spice to the game against the Boston Celtics on Oct.30, huh?
“Well the one thing good about me is that I am good at keeping my cool. When I get on a treadmill or run the street or ride my bike or whatever it may be, I have so many different motivations. Whether you are on the road or at home, old or young, I want to beat you no matter what it is and I’ll find some way to get some type of advantage on you. So that is always going to exist in me no matter. I look forward to that moment because even if we played Atlanta on opening night, I was going to find something that I want to beat them and beat them bad.”
Listen to Ray Allen on WMEN in Miami here [Interview begins at the 19:15 mark of the podcast]
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39 Responses to “Ray Allen: The Boston Celtics Put Me In Position Where I Had To Move”
there he goes, lying again. that is why you are booed,because the Celtics offered you 2x the money AND a no trade clause. but that wasn’t better? you turned out to be nothing like we thought you were. your booed because your a lying scum bag, the team tried to do right by you. you turned your back on your fans, your teammates and the community you claimed to care about.
but we should boo the team? you are such a two faced piece of trash, you probably believe that. good riddance to a piece of trash human being, you belong in Miami with the rest of the trash.
By Justin on Oct 19, 2012
Wow Justin, you are the epitome of class(less).
By Wow on Oct 19, 2012
while i wouldn’t go so far as to malign his character to the extent that justin did… lol… i agree…. if you take an action to serve your own self serving… vindictive needs… at least be man enough to own up to it… ray was one of the true legends of the nba.. but the key word is “was”…. truth is… he just wasn’t there when we needed him this year… and has been having repeated month long slumps for a few years… at this point jason terry is twice the player he is….
one phony joining a team or phony’s…. good riddance…. you really lost a fan with the way you did this… and all the lies and revisionist history in the world aren’t going to paint you in a favorable light…
By jaye on Oct 19, 2012
ray allen is agreat player and we will miss him in boston. we just have a funny way of showing it.
By #1celticsfan on Oct 19, 2012
Keeps blaming the C’s for him leaving. Well, he left because he didn’t want to come off the bench behind Avery Bradley. I’d respect him more if he would just say that. A team that offers a no- trade clause and more money was the best business choice for him to make. His move had nothing to do with that, his ego did. Plus while being with the C’s, they preached about it being a brotherhood and Ubuntu, so if he left because his ego told him to then it feels like betrayal to the team and Celtic fans. That’s why they’ll boo him and not the team.
By Veronica on Oct 19, 2012
Ray Allen sucks why would you leave your HOME!!! you’ve been here 4 years! That means you have to have undying loyalty because Boston is the best sports town evah!!!1!1!1! LeBron is a quitter and only went to Miami to play on a superteam, therefore he is a jerk!!! Bostons big 3 is different tho cause they play with HEART!!! They left their old franchises because they had 0 hope!!!
This is what you sound like, Boston fans.
By Butthurt Celtics “Fan” on Oct 19, 2012
What is interesting is that the more Ray tries to explain what he did, the less he is able to explain it. What he did was both cowardly – on a sports level, of course – and vindictive. He should shut up about it, because every word he says about it makes his real reasons more obvious.
And Ray, even if you get a ring in Miami, which you won’t, it will be a cheap ring that history won’t respect, and you know it, don’t you? You could have been part of something special in Boston. In Miami, you are nothing but a hired gun. And the sad thing is, you realize this now, don’t you?
By paul on Oct 19, 2012
If Boston was treated Ray Allen properly, they wouldn’t have used him as trade bait the past two offseasons in a row…
They tried to trade him to Memphis and other places, not treating him like family. It’s just disrespect.
By ryan on Oct 19, 2012
Thank you ryan! Finally a comment that’s not bias.
The boston has been dangling him as a trade bait for two years. He was almost traded for Mayo last season. How would you feel if you are allen? He won a chip for you guys and that’s how the team repay him?
I used to like celtics but not anymore! I hate the heat but I hope allen torch you up in reg. season and playoffs.
-from a worker who’s burned by his company before.
By Nowis on Oct 19, 2012
I am a lifelong Boston fan who thoroughly enjoyed Ray Allen’s time in Boston. I just can’t buy his claim that the Celtics did not put a good offer on the table. Twice the money AND a no-trade clause is clearly a good offer. If he felt slighted by the C’s considering trading him, just say that. Personally that sounds a bit overly sensitive to me. Being mentioned in trades suggests value to me as teams rarely trade for bad players. It seems more likely that he saw a diminished role in Boston and greater opportunity in Miami. That’s fine. Man up and say so. The claim about the contract sounds ridiculous.
By Eddie on Oct 19, 2012
yeah, the Celtics disrespected him. that’s why they offered a no trade clause. you know how many players get that? only one in the last ten years. …Kobe. so how is offering him that and TWICE the money disrespect? that’s dumb as hell
By Justin on Oct 19, 2012
Allen is suffering and will continue to suffer for betraying the Celtics. He’s shooting just 26% for 3s this preseason (following his 30% 3P shooting during the playoffs last season).
Jason Terry (not to mention Lee and Barbosa) will make Boston a much better team without Ray. Terry is shooting 70% for 3s this preseason (including 5-5 against the Nets starters) and he also shot 50% last postseason in Dallas. Terry is also quicker at this age and arguably a better defender.
Then, you add Lee, Barbosa and Bradley to that mix. Buh-bye, Ray. Good luck in Miami, you’ll need it on those wonky ankles!
By lost respect on Oct 19, 2012
I don’t think there is a huge difference in the money- considering The fact that Florida has no state tax. I think he’ll bank more with his Miami deal. And Boston fans are screaming traitor if the trade with Memphis would have went thru would the Boston organization be considered traders?
By Pstokes on Oct 19, 2012
I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned Rondo yet. He doesn’t get along with him, and Doc has basically turned the team over to him. Also, Doc called Ray last year and told him he was traded to Memphis – only to find out that he wasn’t. I’m a Celtics fan, but when I heard that happened, I was pissed for Ray. Then, to top it all off, he gets benched for Bradley. We all know Ray was fed up, and wanted it stick to the C’s in the worst way. He took less money to go their biggest rival – who just happens to already be the best team in the league. Well played Ray, well played….
By From my view on Oct 19, 2012
you think that income tax is going to make up the 6mill that he would have gotten in Boston.. .are you joking? do you know how much income tax is, and how much you get back at the end of the year? good lord
By Justin on Oct 19, 2012
Ray can go suck a dick.
By We Are Anonymous on Oct 19, 2012
You guys r jus plain rude and ignorant, true Boston fans never disresepct a player like that. He is one of the most calm and classiest guys in the nba. At least he didn’t do the decision and embarass Boston. Did all u 2007+ fans forget what he did for the franchise. The guy was jus mistreated wrongly. No matter what he said in this interview, every1 is going to take it in a bad way cause he went to MIAMI. If he went to Lakers for example or Memphis, bet you no one would care about Ray Allen He did a lot, it’s just that we all have a short memory. Give him his respect, doesnt’ matter if he left, the NBA isn’t the same . It’s a business, and loyalty doesn’t mean anything.
By Danial on Oct 19, 2012
Did any of you actually listen to the interview or did you just read the question and answers?
If you listen to the interview, you may have a different perspective.
I think when he said boo the “team”, he meant the organization. The players do not make the decisions on where the team is headed; the coach, GM and owners do! In that same sentence he also talks about his contract re-negotiation, which has nothing to do with the players but has everything to do with Danny Ainge and his goals for the team. So in actually, he is saying to boo the organization for not giving him a better contract.
I know everyone is saying Boston offered him more money but maybe it was not about the money(Like Pierce said). There are more things that go into contract negotiations than money. For instance, the length of the contract etc. And even if it was money, for what he did for the Celtics maybe he thought he deserved a little more money(which showed they wanted him), a longer contract etc. He was part of the Big 3 that brought the Celtics back and brought the championship back to Boston, so why shouldn’t he think he was worth more?! And i still don’t understand, if Danny wanted him back sooooo bad, why did he trade him for OJ Mayo before the trade deadline?
He also said he felt NO sense of urgency to sign him from the Celtics, and that they continued to sign other free agants. Like…ahm…Jason Terry! So i think he felt slighted in different ways, then you go to Miami and they show you all the respect Boston didn’t…what would you do?
To put this into perspective, it’s just like you feeling mistreated at your job and you go on an interview in which the interviewer is so impressed with your accomplishments and what you can bring to the organization. Do you go back to the company that you feel does not appreciate your current value or leave?
As Ray said, we all want to judge peoples decisions without fully understanding what goes into that decision.
By Listen to the interview…. on Oct 19, 2012
Good Luck to Ray Allen in Miami, or wherever he goes. I think many fans are over reacting to the loss of Ray. He is on the declining side of his career, still shooting well at times, but struggling with defensive movement and any semblance of driving to the basket. With Jason Terry and Courtney Lee Boston has gained youth, energy and defensive speed. Every athlete faces the decline of his abilities and would you rather watch Ray finish up in decline with Boston or with Miami. Thanks for 2008 banner Ray.
By p2j2m22 on Oct 20, 2012
Yeah whatever. He’s a traitor. He deserves NOTHING!
By strawberry on Oct 20, 2012
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