Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  35 responses

Ray Allen Thanks Boston Celtics Fans With Newspaper Ad

Ray Allen became an instant enemy to a wide swath of Boston Celtics fans when he jumped ship to the hated Miami Heat, but he continues to extend them and the organization an olive branch. Allen’s latest act was to take a full-page ad out of the Sunday edition of the Boston Globe: “Dear Celtics Fans, for the past five years, my family and I took great pride in calling Boston home. We have loved living in this city, being members of the Celtics family and being part of your community. These memories will be cherished forever. From my heart, THANK YOU Boston for this incredible journey. Ray Allen #20.”

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  • O

    This will mean nothing to them.

  • http://9gag.com/gag/4568611 Max


  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    I feel like Ray didnt want to leave, but after all of the trade talk and losing his starting job, he thought it was time to move on and at his age, why move anywhere besides a contender. Boston will still hate him, but I wouldn’t blame em for leaving.

  • TV63

    This was a wise choice. I’m sure he got the idea from Miami Heat when Z from Cleveland went to the Heat the same year as Lebron. It did help Cleveland accept his choice. I don’t think Lebron did the same. I think he may have run an Akron ad much later in the season. BY then it was way too late and the hatin was unstoppable.

  • pposse

    what does the term “extending an olive branch mean?”

  • omphalos

    Yeah because he’s going to start in Miami? I’m a Celtics fan and to quote Game of Thrones: words are wind. He can say he’ll always be a Celtic and how much he loved being here, but he left of his own free will and signed with our biggest rival in the East. I’m still going to remember him as a traitor who abandoned his “brotherhood” the moment he had to make a real sacrifice.

  • http://slamonline.com LLC#12

    pposse it just means like an extension of peace or something. If you extend an olive branch to someone its a gesture of goodwill. It’s a metaphor though, Ray didn’t actually have an olive branch…Anyway, pointless move, he left cause he wanted to, and no olive branch will cover that up!

  • pposse

    dude u guys signed jason terry, and want to start avery bradley..when exactly would ray allen get any playing time on the celtics? In Miami he is backing up D Wade. He will clearly have the opportunity to play more in Miami. The Celtics should have never signed Jason Terry, if they didnt, Ray would have stayed imo.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Ray is a traitor and he will have to go into the Hall of Fame wearing a Seattle Sonics jersey now.

  • R32

    Boston fans are mad because he’s going to Miami. This stops the Celtics right in their track of winning another Championship (no matter how many other pieces they get). Where the Heat get stronger, the Celtics get older.

  • Zabbah

    Why is Ray a traitor? Ainge tried twice to get his ass shipped. Get your facts straight, boy.

  • Riddler

    The Celtics made it easier for him to leave..his name was always in the trade rumors plus he’s the only one of the big three to lose his starting job..also jason terry would had taken away more minutes for him..celtics should be grateful for what they did receive from him..miami will not get the ray allen of 2008..that ray allen is a big part of the celtics championship.. and who knows..maybe he would had went to the bulls if Derrick Rose never got injured

  • vtrobot

    Some of us grown-ups in Boston still got love for Jesus. Being able to watch every one of that dude’s games for the past 5 years has been truly enjoyable. A lot of you act like f*cking over the fans was Ray’s top priority. Ray will always been a Celtic and always be a Sonic because of the work that he put into those teams and communities. True pro. C’s didn’t wrong him either. Sh*t is a bizzzzness. Peace.

  • thor

    Amen vtrobot

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Nah, surely Ray Allen will enter the Hall as a Celtic.

  • jsmallz

    He is not a traitor. But he could have stayed. Bradley just had another a second surgery on his shoulder so will be out the first half of the season it lookjs like. If that is the case Ray would get the starting job. Terry is a bench guy. A guy you needed off ythe bench to score points for the celtics. It is called building depth at a position

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    And Bradley played the 1 before I believe. Either way Heat players seem to make PR moves a bunch least to my view. The East will be one sided tho.

  • mask

    The Heat are not hated. idk why people say that. they are the most bandwagoned team in the league and they get a bunch more love than they do hate. The “Haters” are just so good at hating that it seems like they are hated. If that makes any sense, and yes I am a hater.

  • clydesays

    Ray=Class Act.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    If you asked 300 people from 50 states if they like the Heat majority would say no. And that tells u consensus says that the Heat are disliked.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    “Hi everyone my name is mask…and I’m a hater”
    “Hi mask!”
    Just kidding at least you admit it

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    I’m a huge Celts fan and I’m not that mad at ray… I’m a little rattled but not mad, he’s done wonders for the organization in green for years and its gunna take more than him joining the rival team for me to be mad .. besides how much time does he have left anyways?

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Players are in trade talks all the time. Players get traded and the trade gets cancelled and they have to go back to their teams sometimes. Look at Pau, he didn’t hold out and demand a trade or anything. That is part of the business. Fact is the C’s offered him a contract and he declined it to sign for less in Miami. I think this move has less to do with him being scorned by trade scenarios and more with him thinking he simply has a better chance to win in Miami.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    LOL, T-Ray, Hater’s Anonymous. Good stuff.

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  • pposse

    drance21, why in the world would Pau demand a trade? He can’t just get traded to another contender. Currently he is on team that will always be a contender, especially with the lineup they have. I am sure Pau would be happy to leave LA and the organization if he gets moved to a team like the Chicago Bulls or the Miami Heat or the Thunder, unfortunately for him that is just not going to happen. MOre than likely he gets moved to Atlanta, so i mean there really is nothing for Pau to complain about.

  • bike

    You know what a lot of Boston fans think he can do with that olive branch.

  • Rob

    Someone should have told LeBron this is how it’s done. Classy and respectfully.

  • TeamJasonTerry

    I personally feel like the problem with Ray Allen is not that he left but that he left and went to the celtics number one rival team. If Ray would of agreed to go to the bulls he would be receiving a lot more love. He said he wanted to go to a team where he could win another ring before he retired which basically told boston they wasnt that team which I strongly disagree. Jason Terry left dallas but when they play dallas the mavericks fans which is me of course will show terry a lot of love had terry went to okc then the mavs fans would be upset. I feel terry will be a better fit for the celtics and when the celtics win that title ray Allen will regret his decision. #TeamMavs #TeamCeltics

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

    Haters Anonymous seems like a logical sequel to the Player Haters’ Ball. I can see it right now… Where have you gone, Dave?!

  • IGGI

    @omphalos, ARE YOU DONE CRYING YET.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I don’t care terribly much about the Ray Ray drama, but this seems in bad taste. Especially after bad mouthing the Celtics organization. Seems a lot like (on a smaller scale) what Dwight did last year. Do something unpopular but still try to be beloved.

  • Ordinary guy

    I’ve been a Celtic fan since the 50′s and basketball as any other sport is a business. how many of you have left jobs for a better opportunity? I hate to see Ray go, but it is his choice.

  • Juanita Graham

    KG’s first technical foul will be committed against Ray Allen…..Oops there it is !!

  • BostonBaller

    Ray goes in as a Celtic, Ray still gets mad love from me until he plays us. lol. Why would Ray sign with anyone but the Heat? Why the bulls when they don’t have nearly as good a chance at the chip? Stop the nonsense folks, it’s a GAME that grown men PLAY for lots of $$$. vtrobot hit it on the head as did Ordinary Guy. Blessings from VA on way to Boston. Peace