Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 3:55 pm  |  77 responses

Ray Allen Says He Had No Choice But to Leave Boston

Ray Allen opens up about his reasons for choosing the Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics this summer. Allen says that, among other factors, his decision largely came down to money (even though he took less than Boston was offering to sign with the Heat). From WMEN in Miami (via SRI): “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.’”

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  • RobbieJay

    smart man. boston had been trying to ship him out since 2009 if im correct. if a team wants to trade you so bad (which they almost did for oj mayo) then they obviously dont want you there. i’d leave too.

  • EP

    I’ve really liked watching the Celtics the past 5 years and Ray was a big reason why. I’m disappointed he won’t be playing with the Celtics but if I were in his place, I would have done the same thing. Trade me to Memphis in March 2012 and have the trade fall through. I wouldn’t re-sign with that either.

  • JW

    I didn’t understand a word of this political filabuster from Ray Allen.

  • rankingno1

    Good job Ray…..Pierce and KG will retire without another ring, where you’ll still have a chance

  • itzplayz

    But you walked away from more money, what do you mean a good contract lol.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the uncertainty of knowing where you’ll live from month to month is why he left. i can’t believe anyone really thought Ray would stay.

  • danpowers

    maybe coz miami is a bigger market

  • Arlo

    Blasphemy. First of, we all work every day, and not always under ideal conditions. Difference is, athletes make millions and most of us don’t. Shame on Ray for acting like he is finding a cure for cancer. He plays a kids game for millions of dollars, I don’t care about travel, etc…
    Second, he wasn’t being treated properly? Jokes.

  • danpowers

    yup. people should rather blame ainge.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i mean, i get why Ainge did it, i don’t blame anyone. shits part of the business. Allen was the odd man out, has been for a while. And Boston could have got a lot more out of him even a year ago then they got by letting him go and signing Jason Terry / Courtney Lee / Leandro Barbosa but they showed too much loyalty…ironically.

  • BF

    Stop with the politically correct answer.
    And how was the Celtics offer disrespectful if it was more money than the Heat offered?!?!?! Get outta here Ray, for god’s sake.

  • danpowers

    yup. blame maybe was too hard. i just dont see any drama at all. the cs are set up nicely, so are the heat.

  • Redd

    Sounds Legit

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    reading this as a celtics fan, im just playin my violin, no one cares, our team is soooo much better right now anyway. our offense isnt some stagnant predictable system, where EVERY nba team in the league knows when ray is running along the baseline to the otherside of the wing that the play was called for him. peace out esse

  • manhandled

    He`s trying to be too intelligent. Ray needs to stop playing the victim. Boston did nothing wrong by putting him on the trading block and Ray did nothing wrong by choosing to leave because he felt disrespected after they put him on the trading block. All that philosophical nonsense is unnecessary. Be real. It had nothing to do with money because Boston offered more, it had to do with the fact that he felt unappreciated and disrespected by the Celtics` brass. Sorry, Ray is not as good as he was 2 or 3 years ago. Get over it and move on.

  • Dymez

    75% of the times he runs across the court he’s a decoy. The attention he gets created spaces for Rondo to penetrate or Pierce to operate without adequate help D around him. Ray Allen is one of those rare dudes who can break down a defense without even having the ball. Big lost for Boston.

  • itzplayz

    no state tax, helps alot i guess…..still i dont think it was about the money, he just trying to be politically correct.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no it isn’t.

  • Dymez

    It’s not the money. What he’s really trying to say is, it’s the respect. Pierce got a long term deal for $61 million 2 years ago, KG signed a 3 year $34 million deal this offseason, and they just offered Ray 2 years for $12 million. He’s basically like, “Yo, I helped win that championship, too!” He felt disrespected. Then, on top of that they tell him he’s coming off the bench behind Avery Bradley next season? Who’s he and what has he done? So Ray is like, he’ll just join your nemesis and stick it right back in your face. I don’t blame him for thinking that way. If I was in that situation I more than likely would, too.

  • http://twitter.com/MaxxFreeze MaxxFoxx 〽

    so bascially what he said is: He just wants another ring lol

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Anyone seen him and LeBron play together so far? Scary. Will only get better. Plus, Wade is rounding into form. Miami/Boston. Opening night. Can’t wait.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    This isn’t too complicated. Boston couldn’t beat Miami in a series last year. Won’t do it this year. Ray Allen is a smart man. Already won 1 in Boston, didn’t get the respect he felt he deserved. He made a great decision. KG and anyone else can be upset if they want to be. But Ray is the 3 point king who will likely add another ring to his collection this season. If I’m going to be underpaid, I’d rather be underpaid on the best team than on a team that probably reached its ceiling three seasons ago.

  • Chukaz

    I can certainly understand why he left Boston. They tried to trade him back to back years, they moved him to the bench for a lesser, unproven player, and they didn’t take care of him like they did with Pierce and KG. If i was him i wouldn’t wanna come off the bench unless the guy in front of me was definitely better than me. There’s no shame in being Wade’s backup and if he was gonna take less money he might as well go play in sunny Miami for a better team. If Rose didn’t get hurt last year, boston woulda lost in the 2nd round, while miami woulda still won the championship

  • JazzyD

    I agree with Dymez, Ray felt disrespected in boston, with Danny Ainge giving KG and Pierce long term deals, he’s been giving Ray Allen 2 year deals at a time ever since his Seattle Long term contract expired, (2010, 2years, $20Million—2012, 2years, 12Million) He’s been on the trading block, he was really unappreciated in Boston, Now Ainge gets Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Leandro Barbosa, and put in a “6th man” role behind Avery Bradley who has nowhere near the credentials as Ray Allen will ever have, he just got up, took less money but kept his balls in his pants when he joined Miami Heat.
    Put yourself in Ray Allen’s shoes and tell me you would not have done the same

  • itzplayz

    Translation: Screw Rondo and their front office

  • http://www.facebook.com/comicz.peligrino Miguel Carlo Aldaba Peligrino

    yeah dude. Ray is a very good shooter, or maybe the best! R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    nbk is right

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    i always thought it was bull that he was asked to play behind bradley

  • Caribbeancop

    Good call Ray! We know most of what was happening

  • roscoe

    who the hell would want to stay in BOS when u can go to sunny MIA? MIA has tons of hot chicks & BOS has chowder, right? not a hard choice.

  • jjjj

    what loyalty!?!?!?!?. they have been trying to get rid of him for the past two years. Danny basically traded him this year to Memphis for OJ. Ray was even called and told he was traded. From what i understand, O.J. didn’t want to come to Boston so it didn’t go through.

  • jjj

    Everyone does understand that a contract has more in it than the amount of money you make??????!!!!!!!! Pierce said he did not think Ray walked away from Boston for the money. He made millions in the NBA so at this stage of his career, money was not the most important thing. That is why he took less in Miami. No where in Rays comment does he say he wanted more money. Ray also said he expected something similar to KG in terms of the LENGTH of the contract. He was probably insulted that they only offered him a two year contract, when Every other player that signed with the C’s received at least a three year deal.

  • money is not the reason…

    The terms of a contract do not just consist of money. A good contract means different things to different people. If i am already set, money wise, the most important part of the contract isn’t the money. For Ray, I doubt it was the money, he already made millions. it probably was the other terms, which we are not aware of. It could be the length of the contract. They only offered him two years.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Whatever the reasons I’m just sick of hearing about it. But watching Ray the last season, he played with one foot out of the door and that’s the type of unprofessionalism(made it up, sue me) I wouldn’t expect from him.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Him running along the baseline to the other side of the wing played a huge part in them win a championship. The Lakers didn’t do all that well with stopping it.

  • Nate

    Ray is intelligent. He wasn’t trying to sound it. It is about money relative to what his equals ( or the two players who should be considered his equals) earned. And who should move on? From the reports it seems like the Celtics are the ones having the most difficulty doing that.

  • Nate

    that running across the base line got you a championship.

  • Justin

    none of you are making sense. Boston offered twice the money, and a no trade clause. no income tax doesn’t make up for twice the money. the money and terms were worse than Boston. so how was it a business deal ?

  • Nixon

    Ray is class personified, even if he had to pick Miami over Boston, which pains me as a Celts fan, he must have a reason to. Wouldnt doubt him for a second

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    now u know it’s not a business deal.

  • RedDragon10

    Think about it relatively. The celtics offered Pierce and KG long term deals while, in the end, they only offered ray a two year, 12 million contract. He felt disrespected by this, and decided to go to Miami as if to stick it in Boston’s face.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    why would the Celtics give him more money than he is worth because of loyalty…..this is a business…move on…and anyways Id say they have a better team now then they ever could with Ray

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    This made zero sense. Dude needs to chill. You left stop begging people to like you.

  • Downtown

    @Jason You have to be on drugs if you think the celtics are a better team than the heat… not saying they couldn’t take a few games from the Heat but be realistic here

  • EP

    “He plays a kids game for millions of dollars”. This is 100% true – for all NBA players. I love NBA ball. I follow it all season long. I even pay for league pass. But it’s just really soap opera television for guys.

  • EP

    Those 8 3-pointers he hit in that one 2008 finals game didn’t hurt either.

  • Chad

    I love Ray, and he was a very integral part of the Celtics for the last 5 years. They certainly could not have won a championship without him. But everyone on here is crazy for saying he should have got a long term deal out of respect for what he’s done in the past. Pierce and KG got longer deals because they are more valuable at this stage in their careers than Ray is. He has clearly shown the most decline out of the three; he was front-rimming every 3 he took in the playoffs last year and his defense has been steadily declining since he came to Boston. It seems like he just doesn’t want to admit (and apparently neither do others) that he isn’t the same player he once was.

    As far as trading him goes, they should have put him out there to see what they could get. They should do that with every player they have. Isn’t that how teams get better? A straight-up Ray Allen for OJ Mayo trade is a no brainer! And his feelings were hurt because he was asked to come off the bench? Because Bradley hasn’t done the things he has done in his career? Wah wah wah. Danny and Doc were doing what was best for the team, Ray should stick a tampon in his vagina and stop taking everything so personal. Dude has been in the league forever, he should know how the business works.

  • Guest

    I am sure you wouldn’t call it a kids game if you were dedicated and talented enough to make the NBA which you obviously weren’t

  • shockexchange

    Who put Ray in a position where he had to miss all those wide open treys in Game 7 of the finals against the Lakers? If Ray drains those shots, L.A. does not come back, and the Shock Exchange doesn’t have to listen to the chorus of Horry Jr stans ever two seconds.

  • shoota

    the biggest thing ( i think) was that he was always trade bait.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Shouldn’t have said loyalty. They overvalued Allen? Idk how to explain it my bad. They held onto him longer than they should have.

  • RedDragon10

    *2010 Finals.

  • Rob

    Here’s the thing though, Ray, while he certainly came through time and again, and even carried the Celtics at times (’09 playoffs, beginning of the ’11-’12 season), has never been, and certainly will not be this coming year, the equal of Pierce or Garnett.

  • bigA

    Nba is a kids game for some lucky players. I’m sure its not for Kwame, though.

  • ron

    It seems that Ray was just fed up with how Boston management has done to him. And what’s better revenge than joining Boston’s primary enemy? Good job Ray.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    He’s past it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    What he said

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    three words I never thought I’d see on these pages

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Hey SLAM. Why are my posts edited out? I write a big spiel then when I lookback later it’s often not here. I thought it was the new system but it’s obviously not. What’s up? I provide genuine commentary.. that enough… right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Totally blame Ainge. He’s made some good moves… but it’s obviously a cutthroat industry. Getting rid of Perk a month before the playoffs that year pissed me off bigtime. But hey

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Nice use of filabuster

  • http://www.facebook.com/BrianC1189 Brian Carey

    You must have missed the other six games of that series where he was God awful.

  • Clos1881

    You must not watch the celtics then ray can’t defend anyone anymore if Bradley was playing in ecf celtics would have won. Rays a great 4th or 5th option but defensively he hurts more than helps

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    yea what about the game after that when he went 0-12..in 2012> last year he was a no show either

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    oh yeah, no doubt, he can’t keep up wit the young guns. but ya know… its ray allen, he’s an old classic.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    hahah every dog has its day

  • errday

    You must be on drugs if you think he said that.

  • RedDragon10

    You replied to me when you meant to reply to EP.

  • errday

    1) Pierce is still a dominant scorer & has become a damn good defender. KG’s jumper is so damn consistent and his presence/ability on D is still ridiculous. Worth the millions. Ray is a three-point-off-baseline-cut machine, not much else anymore. He should’ve had a role in Expendables 2.

    2) Past efforts shouldn’t mean you deserve a starting spot on a team. When Ray went down and we started playing like bloody legends again, Ray should’ve seen the writing on the wall and accepted his 6th man role, where he belonged.

    3) Avery was so bloody good when he got into the rhythm of being a starter. Shot consistently, made cuts like a seasoned pro, helped keep Rondo rested on defense, hell, actually played defense. I mean, look at this, [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34gviEcQCOA ]. Filth. Starting 5 spot, cemented.

  • http://twitter.com/wiggy_xyrus wiggy_xyrus

    Allen’s an old man stop being such a BS!!! stop dissing such a CRY BABY!

  • Max

    You just got the most likes I’ve ever seen on this site!

  • Max

    SLAM hates YOU!! lol

  • bmorehooper

    bradley is defenitely a defensive stopper but that was a reach to say they wouldve won did you forget lebron went bonkers to close out the series bradley wouldnt have made a difference i hope when miami plays noston they put bradley on ray so he can light him up

  • vtrobot

    I love Jesus, but c’mon dude. Business move? Really? You’re in the business of making less money? Disrespected by the C’s offer? Oh, so that’s why he left and went out and got that huge contract that was worthy of his talents at this point in his career? The intelligent fans have no hate for you Ray, but if you weren’t such a pro and a class act to begin with, people would have probably been burning bedazzled #20 jerseys in the Beantown streets. YOU TOOK LESS MONEY TO GO PLAY FOR THE BIGGEST RIVAL. C’mon bro, enjoy the villain role.

  • Anonymous

    Avery will be put on Dewayne’s fast ass not Ray. Just about anyone can gaurd Ray

  • Anonymous

    Ray is a b*tch

  • Anonymous

    EXACTLY. these people r just delusional. They don’t understand that compared to the rest of the “big 3″ Ray was the least productive (always was). Boston ain’t got no qualms. You want “treys” Pierce and Terry will make those, you want shots in the paint, KG will get that, you want shots in the perimeter Lee got you. He can go and spend his last playing days in Miami and be like that Juwan Howard dude after two years.