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Report: Ray Allen interested in joining Miami Heat

Jun 25, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles Reuters

Did you see what happens when the Miami Heat get someone to knock down open shots from the arc? Did you see Game 6 of the NBA finals?

Now parlay that with this news from Brian Windhorst at ESPN.

According to multiple league sources, there is mutual interest between Allen and the Heat. The most the Heat can offer is a contract starting at $3 million per year, which is known as the “taxpayer’s mid-level.” Allen could get more elsewhere, but the Heat do offer an attractive portfolio that goes deeper than cash.

They offer a good shot at a ring. While the Miami market is not that big (14th biggest in NBA) the massive amount of national exposure the team gets can mean endorsement deals. Also, warm weather and no state tax.

The Heat have some luxury tax issues to figure out going forward — they are over the tax line and will be for a couple years. Once the new “repeater tax” kicks in starting in 2014 it is going to get prohibitive to keep adding players around them (the Heat’s tax could easily swell to north of $20 million, which is on top of the payroll). They will keep the big three together, they can amnesty Mike Miller (or hope he retires), but the fact is that even adding Ray Allen for $3 million could cost much more in tax.

But for now, it’s hard to see Pat Riley not making this move. If Allen is serious. He will have offers from the Clippers, Knicks, likely Bulls and Celtics, among others. He has options. But if he’s chasing a ring… is it much of a choice?

  1. greej1938l - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Slap Doc Rivers in the face why don’t ya

    • londonaiooo - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      As a Celtics can this would be devestating. Not enough to tarnish his time with the C’s in my memory, but hard to cheer for him in the same way as if he didn’t go to a direct rival.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        He’s either going to the Knicks or Clippers.

      • caseybojangles - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        why would he go to a team that won’t win or aren’t even close to winning? according to, ray’s career basketball earnings (not including any endorsement deals) is north of $178M. why would he put himself through an 82 game grind and have nothing but maybe a couple million more to show for it? a guy like ray will want to seriously contend over a couple million more dollars. knicks and clips are unlikely IMHO.

      • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM


        The Knicks? The Knicks? This just confirms that your knowlegde of basket is grabage! lol, the Knicks? Everyone on the Knicks team is an outside shooter. How ironic that your name is Mr. Wright, you should change it to Mr.Wrong. You said the Pacers would beat the Heat, Wrong. You said the Celtics would beat the Heat, Wrong. You said the Thunder would beat the Heat, Wrong again. Need I say more? If he doesnt sign with the Heat then it’s most likely the Bulls.

      • knightrider1755 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        Mr. Wright212: The Knicks are garbage.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        Ray Allen was brought in by the Celtics as a mercenary. He wasn’t drafted by the Celtics. He was drafted by the Sonics and also played a long time for the Bucks (or was he drafted by the Bucks and played for a long time in Seattle?) Either way, this isn’t exactly Babe Ruth going to the Yankees. It isn’t even Irving Fryar going to the Dolphins. It’s more like Terrell Buckley signing with the Patriots.

      • j0esixpack - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:41 PM

        Devastating? He lost his starting job to Bradley.

        I’d love to have him on the Celts but they can find another backup.

        Rumor has it that he and Rondo don’t get along – so who knows if the Rondo trade rumors play into this.

    • finalword33 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Winning IS what competitive sports is all about. The players are employees, capital, assets. The franchises, within the framework of league rules, SHOULD be trying to put the best team possible together however possible, and the players should be able to go where they want to go to do great things with a winning team and attempt to achieve the best for themselves and the franchise. What GREAT, motivated player/employee wants to stay with a crappy team/company just because they grew up there or spent a lot of time there?? Pro sports is a microcosm of the normal business world. Deal with it.

      • xviwins - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        Well said. There seems to be a double standard whenever a player makes a decision that primarily benefits himself compared to when an owner makes the decision. Whenever a player does it, it’s evil; whenever an owner does it, it’s business.

  2. birdgang - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Kurt, I don’t think anyone saw game 6 of the NBA finals….

    • caseybojangles - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      missed his point, did we?

      • slopmcflop - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        Yeah, no kidding. People are so quick to jump on the “Kurt is a terrible proofreader!” that this joke has obviously zipped completely by 100+ people and counting.

        And here I was thinking it was clever.

      • birdgang - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        I think you’re giving Kurt too much credit here. I doubt he was trying to be “clever” and even if he was it was pretty stupid to begin with. To me he was referring to Game 5 when Miami shot 14-26 (54%) from 3 to dominate game 5 and close out the series. If 100+ people interpreted it the same way I did and only 3 of you see it another way how about stop and think to yourself for a second. “Maybe i’m the idiot here.”

      • slopmcflop - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        Who says there has to be an idiot?

        When you shoot over 50% percent from 3 with 25+ attempts, that’s going to be hard to overcome and force an additional game. I interpreted it as, “of course there was no game 6 BECAUSE they got hot from outside the arc.” But my humor tends to be indirect and subtle, so I would tend to interpret it that way.

        And you’re right, maybe it was just a typo. But still, no need to get testy here, guy.

      • birdgang - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        You’re right I didn’t need to take it there. My apologies for the idiot remark. I should have just stated my point and left the last part out. I’ll man up and take back the testy part, lol. But anyway, I’m not what you would call a Kurt hater. I come to this site daily and actually enjoy almost all of his stories. Who really knows where he was trying to go with that. The outside shooting is what gave Miami a chance in the first 3 wins but the games were still really close. Game 5 was the only blowout when Miami was raining 3’s like no tomorrow.

    • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      LOL, the most watched NBA finals. The 2012 NBA Finals – the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder to become NBA Champions – generated the most-watched and highest-rated five-game average for The Finals since 2004 and the second most-watched in ABC history. Check your sources fool!

      • blueintown - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        Read again.

      • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        Sure Blueintown, tell me where?

      • birdgang - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        Read your post FOOL, since you want to start calling people fools before you even proof read your own post. You said “highest-rated five-game average.” I said no body saw game (( 6 ))… If the series ended in 5 games there was never a 6th game played. Come on man…

      • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        Dont be bitter birdgang, it’s ok. It’s not the end of the world buddy. lol

      • birdgang - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        lol, I’m not bitter at all. You obviously are having a bad day with reading comprehension today. You’re a lot more humbled now then in your original post. I’m simply trying to explain to you that no one saw a game 6 because there wasn’t one.

      • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        Yes I know I get it. No not having a bad day, today was the HEAT parade, it’s been quite fantastic, thank you.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Introduce him during the Championship Celebration at the AAA in a few minutes.


  4. diablito0402 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    No respect for players who take minimum money to chase rings, none.. Sellouts, front runners

    • blueintown - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      A player who takes minimum money is a sellout? Think before you type.

      • xLith - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        Don’t forget Ray Allen already has a ring before you judge so quickly.

    • pmd5319 - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      So, you would rather see a player chase dollars over rings? I suspect that you wouldn’t mind if Allen signed with the Thunder, Lakers, or Bulls. In those scenarios, I guess you wouldn’t call him a “sellout, front runner”, but if he signs with the Heat, he is… Interesting…

      • 808raiderinparadise - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        So Ray Allen gets 10 million form the Wizards for 1-year, Now he isn’t a sell-out right?

        hahahhahahhaa Good for Ray, Ray … he was the only Celtic with enough class to be able to join the Heat … wathcing Mike Miller handiapped sit on the 3 line not defended looked enitciing to Ray. He will kill it in MIA if he goes.

      • finalword33 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        Cause with the Heat, he’s more than likely going to get a ring next season too, now that the team is gelling.

    • ccshocktalk - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Any athlete who plays their sport for less money so they can bring in a better team is in it for love of the game, and to bring rings to their franchise. To give their city a chance at producing conference championships and league championships.

      Pretty sure any true fan would love to see all stars on their team take less money if it meant they could bring in better players for the roster.

      Sellouts would be those taking max contracts and leaving the team in a position to bring in mid level exception contracts and league minimum contracts.

    • ccshocktalk - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Any athlete who plays their sport for less money so they can bring in a better team is in it for love of the game, and to bring rings to their franchise. To give their city a chance at producing conference championships and league championships.

      Pretty sure any true fan would love to see all stars on their team take less money if it meant they could bring in better players for the roster.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      I disagree. I have little respect for guys who sign a huge contract and play poorly not caring about getting a title..but only about money. in allen’s case, what is bad about that? he is old, on the tail-end of his career, played at a HoF level for his career…why not be humble enough to take on a supporting cast role for a ring? nothing to be ashamed about. it would be a different story if we were talking about Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, or Chris Paul taking a minimum salary…those guys are stars and in their prime. and this is nothing new…

    • miamatt - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      Shouldn’t we all hope that winning is what’s most important to a player, as opposed to getting the most money? The Celtics are likely moving on anyway, why wouldn’t Allen go to a team that is almost a lock to make the finals again and can offer him a chance to play 20 minutes a night launching wide open 3 pointers?

      Sounds like it’d be a hell of a fun way to close out a hall of fame career, at least to me.

      • knightrider1755 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        Not only that, Avery Bradley beat Ray out for his job last season. Next season, if Ray stays in Boston, he will be more than likely coming off the bench.

    • truthhurtstoo - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      your ideas are not real popular are they? GEt with the program. HEAT!

    • ceschatz - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      Isnt the point of playing basketball to win? I’d rather see a great basketball player take less money to give them thebest shot at getting another ring, than to see one that is just chasingf after the money. Youre an idiot

  5. whodunit43 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    hate sellouts hate rivalry jumpers please ray! go anywhere else! dont go to miami for less than boston would offer you

  6. mannyfresh209 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    So we’ll get a much more consistent 3-point threat than what’s already in place? Sold

  7. whodunit43 - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    umm use a dictionary selling doesnt have to be reffering to the money part of the move

  8. hodaghunter - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Heat are already likely to lose Chalmers and Miller I believe so this is an excellent option, now if they can just get steve nash to come over as well…

    • 808raiderinparadise - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      Lose Chalmers? I don’t think so. Check his contract, either way Cole is going to be a solid player as he develops. Chalmers loves MIA, Loves his teamates and Pat Riley, he just bought Drakes old house in south beach and he aint going anywhere.

      Nice try tho. Miller will retire, J. Howard will retire, Pittman and Curry … whoever looks better by season will stay the other will be cut …. James Jones might be done too … I expect 5 players to be gone.

      • ceschatz - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        They will have to cut Miller before he retires. He’s not just going to give up the $13million on the table.

  9. barkley4life - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Bucs Sonics Celtics…he doesn’t have to be loyal to anyone. He ran around this postseason with his ankles on fire and more then likely numbed up with injections after the second round. If the Celtics don’t want to offer him a spot then he can move on. If you will say his legacy is tarnished after he leaves the Celtics your an idiot. Guy has always been a class act and balled out everywhere he has been.

    I’ve been a Ray Allen fan for quite sometime..guy never backed down from no one. Ask Kobe about Ray Allen’s Sonic days….he went right at him all the time.

    No wonder athletes could care less about the fans…hot one day cold another.

  10. jamesbmckay - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Why would RA piss away 5 years of goodwill to join the Heat for $3MM when the Cs can pay him $5MM+??? The Heat are the Cs ‘enemy’ in the EC and going there would just waste all the good he built in Boston. I don’t see it happening. If it does then RA isn’t the man I think he is and will root against him forevermore. Go Cs…

    • miamatt - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      How would going to Miami “waste all the good he built”? Because it would tear out the hearts of Celtics fans? Because the Heat are a popular team to root against? Because he would have to give up his Boston championship ring? Or his record number of 3 pointers will be erased from the record books?

      I don’t think so.

    • edweird0 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      What don’t you ppl understand??? At this point in these guys’ career, it’s NOT ABOUT THE MONEY. They’ve already made plenty of that. It’s obvs about the winning championships fool.

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      For more playing time and another ring?

    • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Sucks to to be bitter doesnt it? lol

  11. kfwokc - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    There is no doubt that my Thunder need both a shooter and a big man who can score. Allen can sign with the Thunder for full price salary and get to the playoffs again (no one can guarantee finals for any team). While we’re at it, let’s add Dwight Howard and give him a World Championship ring. Altering the family feel good is ok with me if we can add someone who can score. It’s hard to win with 3 starters averaging 10 points total a game.

  12. diablito0402 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    He is a sellout, players are greedy, thats why they have lockouts, so they can get more money, he already has a ring, why make 3 mill when he can get atl least 8 somewhere else,, that sounds like a sellout to me!!

    • barkley4life - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      You sound like a selfish moron. 8million vs 3million…you really think 5 million matters to Ray Allen? The guy wants to contribute and win…hes made TENS OF MILLIONS. Avery Bradley is the future for the C’s at the 2. Ray knows this…only a moron like yourself would crap on a guy who is a HOFer and when Doc started Bradley came off the bench and DIDN’T PISS AND MOAN ONE BIT!

      He’s a class act….only shows there’s a contingent of Celtics fans who are classless morons.

    • edweird0 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      The ignorance you’re spewing is downright vile. Youre a moron.

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      It is obvious you just don’t get it. Let it go playa!

      • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        What can you expect when the patients are running the asylum?

    • blueintown - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Even though you already posted this brilliant thought once, I’m still not quite sure you’re getting it. Ray Allen could possibly (though not necessarily likely) get upwards of $8 million somewhere, or could go to Miami (or somewhere else if he so chooses) for $3 million. If taking $3 million instead of $8 million sounds like a sellout, then you are patently stupid.

    • ceschatz - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Wouldnt “selling out” be the definition of somebody who just wants the money, not the wins? Are you really that much of a Moron?

  13. foxbos10 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    I know that this is a business and all, and maybe I have my head in the sand, but I can’t imagine Ray turning his back on Boston in favor of Miami. While it can be argued that he played the majority of his career elsewhere, he’s built his legacy here in Boston and I’d like to think he feels some sort of loyalty to the fans here.

    • Alex K - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Or, he built your idea of his legacy in Boston. I think of him as a Sonic (even though he played longer in Milwaukee and the same amount of time in Boston).

      • foxbos10 - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM

        Perhaps I should rephrase that… When I said legacy, I was referring to the fact that he won his ring and beat Reggie Miller’s record for career 3s while playing for the Celtics… I know he’s had other accolades and acheivements over his career, but what can I say? I’m biased

      • Alex K - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        I was trying to get at that you probably aren’t the most objective observer. I have no beef with that. I don’t think he will have any loyalty to Boston because he won there a few years ago and he passed a record that he would have broken anyway.

  14. miamatt - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Nothing would make me happier than to see Allen in Miami Black ‘n Red.

    The Celtics are compelled to give Garnett time to decide what he wants to do, as he is more critical to what Boston can hope to do in the immediate future than is Allen. Allen needs to make a decision for himself. Why would he risk passing on Miami and then facing the possibility that the Celtics decide they don’t want to re-sign him anyway.

    Danny Ainge needs to make some tough decisions as far as the future of the Boston roster is concerned, and that includes the possibility of major re-tooling that may not include Allen in that future. Allen has played for three teams in his career already, so I doubt he would hesitate to pull the trigger on a business decision to decide his own fate as far as how it all wraps up for him.

    The Heat can offer the ideal role for him at this stage of his career, and the chance to go to the finals for at least the next couple of years. I’d love this move for Miami, and for Allen.

  15. tannethrill - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Chemistry is key to this team and trading a local like Haslem or a recent clutch performer like Miller, both of which took huge pay cuts to be here, would have serious ramifications. They stress family and frankly I would be surprised if Riley didn’t assure these guys with a handshake that he wouldn’t screw them of they did all that was asked of them. Only someone like Riley can get away with that because of his long standing with the Heat, his rep and his integrity. If you don’t think someone like Riley would do that and gain an advantage due to his rep then start paying attention.

    Granted, if their contract is up then all agreements are likely fulfilled so Riles will likely work with the 3M and vet minimums. The guys that will take that are who they want anyway.

    Trading, waiving or amnesty would send the wrong message to anyone here or thinking about coming. Plus I doubt there’s anyone still under contract that the Big 3 aren’t fond of.

    Taking less in a multi year deal with the Heat likely means Riles has assured the player he’ll see all of what’s being offered to him. Someone without job security can’t say that so when comparing Riles guaranteed money to what they may or may not get out of the other team that has had new GMs over and over likely looks good for the Heat.

  16. reedme16 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    What you Celtics fans fail to realize is that the C’s have already lost their credibility with Ray Allen. He has already been replaced with Avery Bradley and he has stated that he felt disrespected by Boston. Ray will either play for the Clippers or the Heat!

    All these people saying they lose respect for players for taking less money it’s only saying that because those players aren’t choosing their teams! Now is more respectable to take max contracts over winning! Ridiculous

  17. turnmymicup - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    If this is serious and not just gossip SIGN HIM! I’m sure Pat Riley can get Ray Allen to take a decent cut for a GREAT shot at winning another title. Boston had their time but its time to start rebuilding. Heat sent them home in the Playoffs two consecutive years. Allen isn’t being a sellout he is being smart. LETS GO HEAT!

    • jamesbmckay - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      Heat’s refs sent the Cs home, not the Heat. If we get only one call; the call of Rondo getting his face raked by Wade then we’re likely in the Finals and you’re not. Game was 105-105 and RR would have had 2 FTs but instead we go down 105-107 and it’s game over as it’s the last minute of OT. Count your blessings that the Laker refs decided to vacation in Miami this year. Why should we rebuild when we were still only 3 mins from the Finals with that lame call and Bradley, Green, Wilcox, and O’Neal out from injuries and with RA and MP getting surgery 3 days after the series ends. Study up before making stupid statements.

      • truthhurtstoo - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        Let it go already… you’re wrong period. The old creakers will not win again and is no threat to Miami winning more!
        BTW: Did you check out the sweet Victory parade?

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

        Disgruntled, sore loser Celtics fans sound a lot like disgruntled, sore loser Knicks and Lakers fans.

  18. jjordannba - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    As a Celtic fan i will say, i dont want him too leave but wouldn’t mind him leaving to the Bulls or Clippers or anybody else, but if he goes to the Heat i will lose most of my respect for him and he has always been a guy i’ve respected most in the league but that would just be disrepectful and i wouldn’t ever root for him, who goes to a main enemy for years that’s basically like quitting

    • zeedoubleyou - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Disrespectful? Please remember that you root for laundry. Your franchise publicly turned its back on Ray, so now he has every right as a free agent to make his choice without feeling like he’s burning a bridge.

      Danny Ainge already took care of that.

  19. dgbk - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    I think its odd he will be upset coming off the bench with the celts. He is not starting on the heat either. If he wants to start it will be the clippers or knicks.

    Unless he gets fully healthy he shouldnt start. He was not the same player last year.

  20. reedme16 - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Question Jamesbmckay…..where would the Celtics be if the refs would have called the foul before the ball was inbounded against the Hawks? So I guess the refs beat the Hawks!

    You people and this ref talk kill me! Someday you should swallow your bias views and really count how many fouls are missed when they drive the lane! Especially for Wade…..bottom line is that calls are missed. That call didn’t decide the game. It’s not like Rondo shoots 90% from the line anyways so it’s not guaranteed he would have made the FT. Celts had their chance to close out the Heat at home and got Lebron Jamesed!

    Suck it up… can’t take the title of 2012 NBA champs from the Heat no matter how hard you try haters! And it just gets better from here

    • jamesbmckay - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Maybe, but when LBJ gets a total of 5 fouls in 4 games vs Boston in Miami and 5 fouls in 3 games vs the Thunder in Miami (I smell home-cooking refs) for a total of 10 fouls in 7 home games then he is the almighty, greatest defender in the history of the sport for all-time and into the future. In all the home games he never had more than 2 fouls ever, and had 1, 1, and 0 in 3 of those 7 games. Are you f’in kidding me????

      I’ve watched NBA Finals since I was 8 yrs old and am now 58; so in all those series LBJ had the greatest non-fouling effort EVER. I mean how does anyone playing 40 mins a game get only 2 foul calls in 3 games???…all at home of course unless he’s getting preferential treatment??? I was a Heat fan until LBJ showed up and poisoned Wade and the Heat. No doubting his talent, but he ain’t that good on defense to get those calls. Nobody is, not even MJ, Michael Cooper, or Bill Russell or ANY of the great defenders. Good luck getting 4, 5, 6, 7, etc. Go Cs…

  21. scalfor3 - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    wonder what kg, pierce etc will think of him if he pulls this

  22. reedme16 - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    The thing about Lebron is that he doesnt gamble, so he doesnt pick up unneccessary fouls! Most common fouls are due to mismatches and gambling on plays. By gambling I mean trying for steals our blocked shots. Since Lebron is 6’8″ with speed and quickness he doesnt have to. Him not aquring fouls fouls is because he is smart and a freak athelete. He usely plays off of anybody he is guarding and then challenges the shot. If a guy gets passed him he usually lets them go. He is not as aggressive as Cooper, Jordan, Pippen, etc

  23. redblue560 - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Why are people saying Ray Allen lost his starting spot to Avery Bradley ? I recall, it is the coach’s prerogative to play the best person at any time during a game. Ray Allen was probably hurting then but being a commited player, he probably just played with the injury thinking it will heal in time without knowing the severity of the injury. It makes me wonder how the Celtics training staff and medical team diagnosed and treated the bone spurs injury earlier on.

    Many people will say that because you are paid millions, you just play thru the injury. Not always the case. Sometimes, you have to step aside for the good of the team, heal and be always on the ready when called in to play. Maybe Ray Allen should think it through before jumping to any team, there is no guarantee the Miami Heat will repeat.

  24. crab2323 - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Lol Hate on peeps because Lebron got a ring and stands a good chance at more! I love all the crying about the refs! Reality is Lebron got his D-Wade has 2 and there isn’t thing one you can do about it!!!! Eat your hearts out lol Lets Go Heat! Come on Ray and get ya one!

    • jamesbmckay - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM

      I can enjoy our 17 championships. Get back to us when you get 5, 6, 7, 8, …..17 OK??? Go Cs…

      • ceschatz - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        Awwww, what a surprise. A Celtic fan that is living in the past, how cute.

      • jamesbmckay - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        At least I’ve enjoyed most of them in my lifetime including the 7 in a row vs the Lakers. Let’s see we last won in 2008 and your last was in 2006, until this season. Not much of a past if you ask me (wow…4 yrs). So in the last 4 yrs we each have a title. Enjoy your title. Hopefully, it’ll be LBJ’s only…. EVER. Again, get back to us when you crank out more than this one.

  25. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Come back to the Bucks! We need a new arena and relevance! Milwaukee was stupid to trade him.

    • zeedoubleyou - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      The only way I can see that happening is if Charlotte is the only other team in the bidding. Scratch that, Ray would just retire in that scenario. There is no way I see that happening.

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