Rivers said that Allen considered coming, but ultimately thought the focus would shift to him.
Doc Rivers defended Ray Allen and said Allen considered attending the Paul Pierce jersey retirement ceremony but was apprehensive about the potential reaction. Here is his quote. #Celtics pic.twitter.com/nmKy1nnAPV
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) February 14, 2018
From the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn:
“I did think it would have been great for Ray to have been there. But there’s just angst right now and in Ray’s defense, I know he thought about coming. I can tell you that because I talked to him personally.
“He didn’t know if he should. He didn’t know if it was the right time. He really didn’t want to take anything away from Paul or be a distraction, and he won’t be and what’s what we’ve got to convince him of.
“If he would have been there, the fans would have cheered for him. That will happen eventually. You’ve just got to figure out when.”