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Toward the end of last season, everybody knew Ray Allen was going to be leaving the Boston Celtics during the off-season.
Oh sure, he said he wanted to come back to Boston. However, the reality is that the 37-year-old felt disrespected by the club. He didn’t like his diminished role (off the bench), and he didn’t like the fact that GM Danny Ainge tried to ship him off at the trading deadline. So he rejected a two-year, $12 million deal from the Celtics and accepted a one-year, $6 million deal from their arch-rivals, the Miami Heat.
But that wasn’t quite enough for Ray Allen. He still had a bit more to say about his split with the Celtics, and over the summer a minor feud developed.
Allen said he didn’t like the fact that he was on the trading block, and he didn’t think Boston coach Doc Rivers used him in the right situations. Then, what really sealed the deal for Allen was the fact that Rivers didn’t call or text him to assure him that he was wanted.
Awwwwe. Poor guy.
The Celtics, of course, didn’t stay silent. Rivers explained, “if you’re here for me to run stuff for you to look good, then you are in the wrong place.” And as you would expect, Kevin Garnett weighed in as well, telling reporters that he lost Allen’s phone number.
So things are a bit icy between Allen and his former team, and that made the season opener between the Heat and Celtics last night in Miami that much more interesting.
How would everyone react? Would there be bad blood? A fight?
Well, there was no fight. But there was some bad blood. When Allen got up to enter the game in the first quarter, he went over to the Celtics bench to greet his former team. And while Doc Rivers took the high ground and gave Allen a hug, KG was in no mood for pleasantries. He let Allen know that they are not cool by completely ignoring him.
Check it out:
Of course, the hostility of his former teammate didn’t seem to rattle Ray Allen one bit; he chipped in 19 points, and the Heat won the game 120-107.
Hat Tip – [Sporting News]