Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 at 4:10 pm  |  58 responses

Ray Allen Said He Will ‘Always Be a Celtic’

There were plenty of hurt feelings (and blame to go around) when Ray Allen left Boston for South Beach via free agency this summer, but during his introductory press conference as a member of the Miami Heat today, Allen said that he’ll always be a Celtic. From the Boston Herald: “He answered questions about moving forward in his life and career away from Boston, and how difficult it was to leave the Celtics. He talked about his bond with his former teammates and his the Boston community and fan base. ‘Forever, I’ll always be a Celtic,’ he said. Allen skipped around questions about any conflicts with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, but certainly didn’t dismiss the notion. For the record, Allen will wear No. 34 in Miami. […] On reported friction between him and Rajon Rondo: ‘I can’t say that it factored in my decision. As teammates, we were brothers. I’m around them more than I’m around my own family. There are differences. We all have differences. Paul eats corn flakes, I might not like corn flakes. Then we have to buy into what coach believes is best for us. We have to put our differences behind.’ On whether he’s spoken to Rondo: ‘I haven’t spoken with Rondo at all. I know when I came down here, I texted Paul (Pierce) and Kevin (Garnett). Those are the guys I talked quite a bit with over the years. Those are the guys that when we came into Boston together a lot was put on our shoulders. I look back at all our time spent in Boston. We’ve had a lot of disappointments, but we shared a lot of thrills and a lot off the court. It is sad to me knowing I’m not with those guys anymore. But I’m looking forward to what we can do in this organization.’ […] On getting criticism by fans in Boston about leaving: ‘I’ve given so much not only on the floor but off the floor. There’s a sense of sadness and hurt that the people feel and we feel that too as a family. … We know we’re still part of that community. … It doesn’t bother me. I know who I am. I know what my everyday goal and tasks are.’ […] On Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge’s reaction to the news: ‘They were disappointed. They really wanted me to come back. We won a lot together in the five years. They were disappointed. And like anything, it was sad for me and my family too. They will still be friends of mine forever.’”

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  • pnightmare

    It was the cornflakes!

  • eZ

    If he really feels that way he shouldve stayed. Fck ainge, get a no trade clause and hang with your boys, pierce, doc and garnett. Hopefully the miami family will heal his broken heart lol, he was only in boston for 5 yrs..

  • amadeo_707

    rondo is a coco puffs kind of guy!

  • JL

    can’t have it both ways man. you leave and play for the heat, you’re not a celtic right now. It’s not like he retired.

  • Shifty

    Sad. Being a Celtic fan this is really sad. He will be the only Heat player that I’ll ever like and I will never buy his jersey while the Miami Heat logo is on it but still……..sad. Going to be hard rooting against him when we play him. And I have a feeling that the first game we play in te reg season will be against the Heat.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Oh I can just sense the hate that’s coming. I understand Ray — he’ll always be a Celtic to me too.

  • Vanravan

    this is real funny… he is a celtic but he will try to get a ring against the celtics!!! please don’t be such hypocritical !


    Im gonna miss him like I miss tony, perk, posey, big baby and Powe. That championship celts team was my favorite team in awhile.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    ^^^ I hear you. Same goes for Eddie House.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    You’re a Heat, your argument is invalid!

  • bike

    Ray, if you think that by getting all nice and sentimental is going to prevent the boos when you come to Boston Garden as a Heat you are kidding yourself. You don’t owe anyone anything.

  • Lila

    We are not going to retire the shirt. Sorry Judas.

  • Alex

    Ray just trying to have his jersey retired somewhere.. definitely ain’t going to happen in Milwaukee, Seattle (OKC) or Miami.

  • Aamir K.

    cosign bike, this might even get even more boos, and it almost would have been better not to say a thing, anyway that might have worked in some other city, but definitely not in Beantown.

  • tomtom

    What a moron. You didn’t get forced out or traded, you left under your own steam therefore you are NOT a Celtic. ( and that is coming from a lakers fan)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Yeah Heat players seem to do damage control a lot, I assume out of guilt that they are only good because of needing a super team.

  • O

    Celtic fans MIGHT have been sympathetic with Ray had he signed with OKC, Nets, Memphis, Clippers or even the Knicks for that matter, but to sign with their most hated rivals since the Lakers? That was a HUGE “F*CK YOU!” to the Celtics AND their fan base. And it’s not only cause they despise the Heat, but because Ray just SCREWED the C’s chances of making the Finals again for the next 3 years. Though Ray might feel like a Celtic for life, Boston fans have disowned him for his “betrayal.” I can’t hate him though, son wanted to sh*t on Danny Ainge for trying to trade him two years in a row and Rondo for whatever reason…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    It’s amazing to me that a player is criticized for leaving an organization in free agency that tried to trade him and gave away his starting spot. Allen won a title as a Celtic and set the all-time record for threes made. Have some class, Boston fans!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Allen would’ve made the all time 3 record regardless lol. And to be honest though, there was no rivalry between Celtics and Heat, Celtics aren’t even close to the Heat.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Ray messed up his legacy, he complained about Rondo and management. Ray is a hypocrite who let his little feelings get in the way of basketball. Rondo plays with a fire, that makes him a top 10 pg in the NBA. Maybe if Ray had this fire his whole career, he would not have been traded so much or would have won more with the Bucks and Sonics. Ray is a joke to me and I wonder what jersey/TEAM will Ray go into the Hall of Fame with. See players don’t think about this. Ray could have went in as a Celtic, now he might have to as a Sonic. Poor guy.

  • Your Friendly Neighborhood Dopeman

    “That damn Paul Pierce and his Cornflakes. I’ve had it.” – Ray Allen

  • logues

    i guess always at chuck e. cheese means 6 months

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Much respect to Ray, but taking less money to go to the team that knocked the Celtics out in the finals and work against them is pretty much the exact opposite of “being a Celtic for life.”

  • http://thosefishtacosareforwinners.blogspot.com Chris_Griff_3

    I hope Boston doesn’t retire his jersey. He doesn’t deserve to have his number hanging in the rafters after this.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    *conference finals

  • LA Huey

    “Paul eats corn flakes, I might not like corn flakes” – Jesus Shuttlesworth

  • drock

    Give the guy a break he gave his heart and soul to the celtics and y’all still tried to trade him smh.

  • truthteller

    If ray felt that way about the Celtics, then why did he leave?

  • ish

    damn like he was the only one on the trading block. hell they actually traded perk. i just think its wack that u aint give the c’s much and he was injured then jet to the team that still had a hard time against the c’s and they werent 100%. oh the irony

  • RayCoward

    Ray is not much of a big loss. He didn’t come thru against the lakers in the finals and against the heat in the 2 semi-finals. He can’t play defence or make his own shot. All he relies on are the 3′s & last post-season against the heat, he made alota bricks + HES ALWAYS INJURED. JASON TERRY A GOOD REPLACEMENT!! RAY UR A COWARD AND TOOK THE EASY WAY OUT…

  • Ranlygeorge

    What a two face son of a b.tch. You went to the Heat, the F-ing Heat. What a sell out

  • http://FU RJ

    He’s going to get his jersey retired.

    He was one of the Celtic’s all-time greats, performing huge in the biggest moments. He set a few records and reinvigorated the fan base by forming the big 3 after years of turmoil. This is coming from a lifelong Laker fan.

    Give credit where it’s due – time heals (b)all wounds.

  • ripslam

    Um, no. He’s sort of the opposite of that.

  • Heals

    Please RayRay, you wanted 3yrs/$27 mil and were upset/irked that KG was their #1 priority, just stop. He’s acting and speaking as if no one else is privy to info that has come out since the Mia or Bos scenario took place. Once again I have no, and will have no problem with his decision, but his insistance on making this about everything Bos did or didn’t do for him is ridiculously absurd. On the positive side he’s made it much easier to get over his departure with his fabricated perception on this situation…

  • c.a.

    I feel stupid now. I actually defended Allen when he decided to leave, though in my heart I knew that it was a sign of modern lack of loyalty. But this comment by him? Get the f**k out. Is Miami the land of the deluded? Every player there seems out of touch with reality, and now add Allen to the list. Any other team, he maybe could have gotten away with this claim but ‘I will always be a Celtic’ when signing with their rivals to win another ring? Dumbass. Amazing how you respect a guy for years, and then he shows his true core and you realised that what you thought of him was wrong (p.s it happens the other way around too bad-good). Nash didn’t say this at the Lakers, but I would almost understand if he had. Ray Allen? ‘jerrrrrrrrrkkkkkkkkkkkk’ (Dameshek)

  • Clydesays

    I think the trade/no trade, then the bench role did it for Ray. I do thin Doc & Ainge were trying to do the right thing at the time, but this was the result. I look forward to seeing Bradley play more, but he will def split time w/ Terry.

  • Lloyd

    Perk was actually traded and seems more loyal and a Celtic at heart than Ray does. Damn dude is one of my favourite players, but the Heat? Damn

  • trueballer4life

    its all business folks!..lol

  • Itzplayz

    HE liked frosted flakes he was tired of the bland corn flakes…

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    lol imagine how much you think of his thought process. Now think how much he cares about what you think you know..lol
    Everyone wants to feel wanted. I dont remember anyone getting all crazy when they wanted to ditch Ray Ray.

    Its a business too.

  • Valkyrie

    There is no loyalty in big business to anything but money. The NBA is big business. Why is Ray held to a standard that the teams aren’t? Bunch of mental slaves around here. Be loyal to massa, even if massa tries to trade you smfh. Suckas

  • $tacks

    This just in… “LeBron James Believes He Will ‘Always Be A Cavalier’”

    lol. All joking aside, Ray is a prideful basketball player, you dont become as great as he is without being one and you damn sure dont play for the celtics if you are not. The problem isnt rays lack of fire, its the fact that he realizes the celtics window is closing and part of the blame would be placed on him, “one of the big 3″ aging. This would have resulted in him not playing as much. If you add the idea that he can retire with more rings in a ‘dynasty forming Miami Heat’, the pain he must have felt being considered the first to go in trade rumors, and of course small altercations with others in the organization play a little role but not as big as everyone is making them out to be. I think the biggest thing is not only was he moved to the bench, but they signed jason terry, who is known to come off the bench as a sixth man and plays the same position. Thats not an oportunity that a competitive, prideful, and hall of fame caliber player is looking for. If anything Ray Allen feels betrayed, but it is a business at the end of the day.

    P.S.!!! People are complaining that because of Ray Allen the Celtics will not be able to beat the Miami Heat, or be able to contend for a title…. If Ray Allen was that important, why are you signing other players instead and why were you trying to trade him. I am a fan of many teams, Boston being one, Ray Allen did not make or break this team, he isnt what he used to be. But he isnt what Boston treated him as either.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chubachuchi

    @Seed you need to shut up I’m tired of scrolling down and reading your stupid comments. You’re that dude who thinks he can ball but always gets cut from the team and takes the embarrassment out by acting like you know everything about bball a la skip Bayless. Pathetic.

  • ItsNORV

    When you win a title with someone in your “prime” and your a key contributor, you don’t “EVER” play for a rival. EVER! What’s the point! Who cares if Ray Allen at 37 wins another title as the 6th or 7th man backing up a top 5 player in Dwayne Wade! Its irrelevant!A Championship is identified with that teams biggest and best players. We’ll always remember Tim Duncan getting rings, and how Charles Barkely never won ish! Always a Celtic?? LOL..ha! Not like KG, not like Pierce! Ray lost respect! So let me get this straight…You join a team thats hated in Boston(or everywhere), that knocked you out the playoffs a MONTH earlier..for half the money??? that mad gay Ray!! Why taint how your perceived by Boston fans forever??? Its a FACT that celtics fans will always look at Ray Allen sideways!

  • ItsNORV

    Shots out To Ray Allen…..AKA “The New Juwan Howard”…ring chasing ass ni@@a!!!

    But seriously, lets look on the bright side… Lebron can learn a lot from Ray Allen!…..Like how to SHOOT and SHAVE HIS DAMN HEAD!! ahaha la la la!!

  • ReHeat

    Shuttlesworth’s gon be catching some ‘rays’ on the beach!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Huey: Jesus will gain many disciples with wisdom like that.

  • http://ww.fiba.com Darksaber

    Chubachuchi…..for the win.

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    I woold love to know how-where we can get a few slam guys together and play some pick up. Anyone going to be in Hawaii in the new year?

  • Ill Smith

    -______- A Celtic for life? Cmon son. Look, us Celtics fans don’t hate you because you left. I understood before the season ended Ray was as good as gone; it just had to be done. The Big 3 are getting old & if there was ever a time to split em up now was it. But the Heat? THE EFFING HEAT????? Be for real if he woulda left for the Clippers, Grizzlies, Thunder hell even the Knicks Boston fans would have understood & he woulda been assured a warm welcome every visit. But how can you sign with the team C’s fans despise more than anybody & NOT understand why you’re looked at like a traitor? Everyone got on KG & Rondo’s case for leaving & not shaking those bums’ hands, but what did Ray Allen do? Dap & hug everybody for 10 minutes, practically still out there while they were holding up the ECF trophy, only to sign with em weeks later. He a bandwagon hopper just like the rest of those clowns over there. I understand it’s a business & he might have been hurt by all the trade rumors, because I do feel like at times he was hella unappreciated by Ainge & fans sometimes too. But to sign with Miami & play like it’s gona be all good with C’s fans is pitiful on his part. It’s like Faith sleeping with Pac; it ain’t the fact you cheated it’s who you cheated with. So to the man formerly known as Jesus Shuttlesworth: f*ck you. Lebron, DWade f*ck you too! Pat Riley, all of yall! My 4-4 make sho all yall kids dont grow! But we’ll see MIA in the playoffs again. & we taking care of business this time cuz its definitely personal. Belee dat!

  • Lila

    Such a fake. He was asking 9 millions/years to Ainge and sign for 3 with Miami. Celtics said yes and with a no trade clause. Such a liar Ray. Ray give up 6 millions year for be the sixth man for the hated rival, for be Lebron cheerleader. A Celtics player never will be a cheerleader, never will sign with a contender in the same conference for less, a contender that represents the opposite of Celtics tradition and with a volatile fan base. Go with your mom and take the sun and save taxes. We don’t retired shirt to mercenaries. With you, Rondo, Avery and Terry, Pierce and Green at small forward, and KG, Bass and other players inside we have an opportunity against Miami. But you choose the easy way.

  • thor

    Haha love it^

  • thor

    Ill Smith@

  • BostonBaller

    If anyone has played serious ball with a team then played with another team you might understand what Ray meant about “always be a Celtic”. As far as The C’s not having a chance at the chip this year…come on man. I’m a C’s fan from Waaaay back but this hypocrite talk is hypocritical in and of its self. How are ppl going to say it’s ok that he left but who he went to makes him a traitor? Or the big 3 had to be split up b/c of age but why Miami? etc etc. We can’t have it all and if a great player left their team and signed with us we would laugh and say oh well get over it..wait a minute, we did say that, when we got Ray & KG. The rest of the L, including (everyone hates on us) Heat fans blasted us. It all comes down to..it’s just a sport and at the end of the day they get paid millions to PLAY…

  • pposse

    its funny how lebron and wade and them created a culture where ‘teaming up’ is the thing to do and the world hates them for it. What the heck is the big deal, do any of you guys play ball just for fun? I mean, when i play at the gym I am always trying to get on the best team, and hell the best player in the gym is trying to team up with the next best player so they stay on the courts. I swear people are mad cause they can’t accept the truth.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I always like what Boston Baller has to say even when I disagree with him.
    That means you’re doing something right.

  • vtrobot

    Ray always has been one of my favorites in the L and he will continue to be, even though he’s not on the C’s anymore. Everyone who’s offended that this “traitor” left needs to get a better grip on reality. It’s the dude’s life. It’s your entertainment. For those who say that Ray tarnished his legacy, will you still say that if he gets a couple more rings before he goes into the Hall and has many more memorable Playoffs/Finals 3′s while doing it? It’s not like Jesus is a life-long Celtic anyway. Not like if PP decided to go to the Lakers as a FA. Ray’s jersey is definitely getting retired. Peace.

  • Treshiq

    Ray is not a celtic, that notion is gone. And it’s sad that it is. but had he been forced to leave or even traded to the Heat, Him being a “forever Celtic” might be true. I’m a denver fan tried and True, and when the Broncos got Peyton Manning, I took the day off to celebrate…I was too excited for Words. however if Peyton were to ever say “I’ll always be a Colt”.. I ain’t mad at that. cause it’s true…Ray, five years then leaving on your own to the new hated Rivals. Naw , playa. Not saying it’s right just saying it’s real.