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Heat win getting Allen, but Celtics will be just fine

Jul 7, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

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This is what scares 29 other teams — the Miami Heat just got better.

Ray Allen has agreed to terms with the world champion Heat, bringing arguably the best 3-point shooter the game has ever seen to a team that has desperately looked for a way to the stretch the floor.

Miami won a title this past season with Dwyane Wade dragging one leg around that needed surgery and Chris Bosh playing through an abdominal injury that is keeping him out of the Olympics. LeBron James now doesn’t have to deal with the weight of needing his first ring. And now they just added Ray Allen?

Miami got a big win by getting Allen.

It feels like a loss in Boston. Like a betrayal. Allen was one of the “Big Three” and they were getting the gang back together for one more run, and Allen was supposed to be a part of it.

But Allen didn’t owe Boston anything. And besides, the Celtics will be better next season, even without Allen.

While Boston fans are frustrated, Allen leaving should not be a surprise. Pretty much everyone around the team, every Celtics beat reporter said this was coming. First, the Celtics have tried to trade him three times in the last year — you want him to be loyal to you after you were willing to ship him out for the hot new thing without blinking?

Then there’s the long-reported rift between Allen and Rajon Rondo, one that Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo says played a big role in Allen’s decision to leave.

And ultimately, it was his decision to make. He came to Boston via trade from Seattle, then two years ago took a below-market contract to stay a couple more years. He was loyal. Then was re-paid with trade rumors.

In the end, Boston will be fine. Really, the Celtics should be better next year. They bring back their core players. They add Jeff Green (probably; the four-year, $40 million deal is yet to be finalized). Jason Terry comes in as the new sixth man, who at this point in his career is flat out better than Allen. And Jared Sullinger can give them some solid minutes even as a rookie.

And Boston could be healthier.

Boston should be a better team next season than they were this season.

The problem is, so should Miami. And the Heat were already a couple steps ahead.

  1. snoopy2014 - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    The guy didn’t try to force a trade and hold a team hostage; he played out his contract and earned the right to make a choice. And I agree with Kurt – we root for teams, not players, so we apply a double standard – why do we ask free agents to show loyalty, but don’t view a trade as a team’s betrayal of that player?

    I hate when players try to game the system – like Gordon and Batum trying to get max money and still control where they go, or Howard holding a team hostage – but you can’t view a free agent signing with another team as a betrayal. It’s a freedom they’re entitled to.

  2. savvybynature - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Spurs fan, but this could be great news for Lakers fans, somebody Nash could actually guard!

    All he’d have to do at this point is stand in the corner. Allen will be 39 next year. Who does Allen guard? There is a reason Boston sent him to the bench, it’s not cuz they don’t like the guy.

    • savvybynature - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:01 AM

      Bu they got him at the right price. Don’t get me wrong, they got better and didn’t have to overspend. That’s the advantage of having LeBron and being in Fla (no state income taxes!).

    • juanandonly24 - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:23 AM

      To be fair, Ray Allen plays the 2, which is one of the most depleted positions in the game. There’s barely any actual quick 2 guards he has to worry about guarding.

    • txnative61 - Jul 7, 2012 at 3:36 AM

      The Heat wisely wanted him precisely because of his age, experience, and HOF ability to shoot 3’s and the character to unselfishly mentor their other shooters. He can probably still bring it at critical times, and extend his career several years, and he sacrificed annual salary for that opportunity. Best wishes Ray, you’ve given me at least one reason to like the Heat. Might be Boston won’t know what they’ve got till its gone.

    • soforizo - Jul 7, 2012 at 5:27 AM

      “Allen will be 39 next year.”

      Not Ray Allen, he’ll be 37

      • truthhurtstoo - Jul 7, 2012 at 7:33 AM

        He left a sinking ship…. smart move to join a winner

      • andyhr17 - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:44 AM

        THe sinking ship that took the Heat to game 7. Most teams would love to be that sinking ship.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        If the Celtics are a sinking ship the Lakers are a shipwreck!

    • gl2006 - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:59 AM

      Yes, because the Celtics were so bad defensively last year with Allen…

      He may not be a great individual defender, but it’s not like he’s going to hurt Miami on that end of the floor. When you have Lebron, Wade, and Battier, you can stick Allen on the opponent’s worst wing player and be perfectly fine.

      • savvybynature - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:41 AM

        Depends on the matchup. The worst wing on OKC when they have their best lineup in is Harden, so yeah, that could be difficult for the 37 yr. old.
        I agree Allen is a smart defender, so I’m not saying the guy will be historically bad or anything. But your point about the Cs defense last year, they benched him, remember, in favor of Avery Bradley. You’re right that they still had a top-end defense, but to get there they had to do it with less Allen, so yes he did hurt them. There’s a reason Bradley started over him even though he can’t hold a candle to Allen in terms of what he brings to the offense.

  3. finsphan - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    3 steps ahead, I’m tired of the media acting like the heat demolished everyone in the playoffs, they barely got by the Celtics with even though Bradley was out, pacers gave them trouble, rose not playing, I wish the media would stop with the love affair, it’s getting annoying, report what’s more likely to happen, heat will not repeat because Lakers got better, bulls will be back, Celtics got better, pacers, thunder, clippers are all better, even the nets and spurs are going to be tough, wonder what team LeBron will join chase that title next

    • findthetruth90 - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:19 AM

      You literally wrote that to bash LeBron because most of the teams you named are very moot. The pacers who are about to lose Hibbert, the regular season kings the bulls, and the old a$$ spurs who had to finally get off the treadmill in game 3 of the WCF. Come on if your going to take a shot at the champ make it a good one chump

    • edweird0 - Jul 7, 2012 at 7:09 AM

      lol yeah cause the Heat didn’t run thru the playoffs the first time around for this team. Get real, we won with all this pressure on them, what do you think is gunna happen next season when there’s no pressure?

      • Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM


        LOL. Unless you’re the Equipment Mgr, you don’t get a ring to carry jocks.

      • ccshocktalk - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        Wouldn’t be any pressure if someone wasn’t the self entitled king, and if you didn’t predict seven championships the first day they got together, and go out and lose their first title run.

        They went out this year, they played hurt, against other teams that were hurt, big deal, that’s normal. Nobody should ever make a big deal out of injuries because EVERY team is suffering at that point. Kendrick Perkins had a partial torn groin muscle. Derrick Rose’s ACL, Bosh’s abs, D-Wades leg needs repairs, but how many other guys played through the grit and just never said anything? Probably a lot more than what will be talked about.

        This article is about Ray Allen spreading the floor because he’s one of the best 3 point shooters this league will ever see. Guys today, they don’t have that touch because it’s not in highlight reals. When’s the last time a ballpark had a 3 point contest, or a contest to see who could hit more 15-20 foot jump shots consecutively? It’s not a pretty thing so nobody cares. And this will get a 100 dislikes because people want to see dunks, even though a 3 gets more points, or a jump shot 15-20 feet away gets the same as the dunk, and it spreads the floor. Dunks can be demoralizing but it doesn’t require any true skill…the majority if NBA players today are very talented but fail to maximize their abilities. LeBron has honed in on his ability to shoot the 15-20 footer, drive, shoot 3’s play defense and that’s commendable…nobody notices that, they just talk about the dunks..same with blake griffin, ever see him try and shoot a 15-20 foot jump shot? it’s terrible, but damn he sure can dunk the ball…

        Pressure in Miami was self inflicted, self given nicknames, self proclaimed king, and self proclaimed champs…they earned 1 out of the predicted 7…still 6 more to go boys and girls.

    • truthhurtstoo - Jul 7, 2012 at 7:34 AM

      um finsphan- like 4-in-a-row in the Finals. What don’t you get? I guess supporting a losing franchise like the the fins has warped your mind.

      • datkiidjc - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

        relax lol i support all miami teams

    • finsfan71 - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      Oh excuse me your highness. The Heat didn’t win with enough style points, so somebody is pretty bitter.

  4. kinggw - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Jason Terry is better than Ray Allen? When did this happen? Neither one of them are defensive wizards, but Ray had better shooting percentages, less turnovers per game, and better rebound numbers, but Terry is better. Right. Sorry Kurt, just saying something doesnt make it true. Those of us in the real world deal in empirical evidence and evidence tells us that Terry is comparable to Allen, but not better.

  5. jek84 - Jul 7, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    It’s time for Ray to move on the C’s need to start making changes and planning for the future. Ray just isn’t what he used to be and defiantly not worth 27 mil for three years(his asking price).

    • txnative61 - Jul 7, 2012 at 3:58 AM

      For the record he was asking for three and $27 mil because to Boston he’s just trade bait anymore anyway, they had plainly already moved on. He took much less to play for a contender that wanted him, rather than be shipped to a cellar dweller to end his career. It’s a no-brainer for Ray, given he’s earned and managed well a considerable amount already, so the money was not the issue with the Celts, but respect.

  6. ndrocks2 - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Good luck in Miami if you are the difference in either team making the finals it would be surprising. You probably made the right move, Miami has the younger core of studs and can get away with allowing you to sit out there and fire it up without contributing anything else to speak of. In Boston they would have expected you to contribute and make a difference nightly, in Miami you are expected to shoot the three and make no mistake shuffle back out of the rotation otherwise. Boston you are part of the team in Miami you are part of the sideshow for LeBron and Wade, and yeah Bosh when they want him to be, you not so much…

  7. isujames - Jul 7, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    I feel sorry for the rest of the NBA, my Heat will own the association for atleast the next three years.

  8. johnnygsnake - Jul 7, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Just another ring for the MIAMI HEAT !!!!!!!

  9. isujames - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Ray also tweeted this, “yea, yea, yea, i’m a traitor for a nice gold piece to match my other, that I most assuredly will recieve, with diamonds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”#20HEAT

  10. andyhr17 - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    SAd to see him go. It was an enjoyable 5 year run her had with the Celts. Only thing that stings is that he left for their biggest rival. His choice though.

  11. bullysix - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    People act like the heat got a 26 year old Ray Allen instead of a 36 year old Ray Allen. I don’t feel the so call move making the heat stronger. Just another old guy.

    • deeballer - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      Wow, you forgot how the Bullls won all those championships with all the young studs huh? Outside of a few core players look at all the old guys they compiled to win games. The formula of the Heat isn’t that different than when the Bulls were racking up the rings.

      • bullysix - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        Sorry it took me so long to reply, the difference between the Bulls and heat is huge, How about this league’s top scorer, 4 players making all defense 3 on first team one year 6th man of the year, the best 3pt shooter % wise and the leagues top rebounder, where does the heat match up with that?

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Just another old guy going to the Hall of Fame.

  12. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    These Boston fans are something else. Didn’t see Miami fans crying TRAITOR when the Celtics won a championship with PJ Brown and Eddie House. Didn’t hear anything when the Red Sox won he World Seres with Josh Beckett, Kevin Millar, and Mike Lowell. Didn’t hear anything when the Bruins won the Cup with Nathan Horton. And never heard a peep when the Pats went to Super Bowls with Larry Izzo, T-Buck, Damon Huard, Bryan Cox, Grey Ruegamer, Wes Welker, Rob Ninkovich, Billy Yates, Sammy Morris, and others.

    Get over yourselves people. Your teams pluck the best (highest paid) players off other city’s teams in every sport, every year. You hate the Yankees, but all your teams have become exactly what you hate about about the Yankees. Boston used to have a charming inferiority complex, but in the last 15 years it’s become the exact opposite. Extreme and annoying superiority complex, more than NY itself.

    • Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      That’s because Miami fans didn’t care about sports until July 2010. Thanks for the confirmation.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        Miami fans didn’t care about sports when the Dolphins went undefeated and didn’t choke in the Super Bowl like New England! You probably are that loser Donaghy!

    • scalfor3 - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      you have a point with the sox cherry picking guys, but i dont care about that cause baseball sucks anyways.

      none of the guys you listed are in the same ballpark as ray allen. the only guys that come even remotely close are beckett (years ago) and welker, and both of them were acquired via trade

  13. turnmymicup - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    ” The Celtics have tried to trade him three times in the last year” thats the key right there Kurt. People can call him a traitor but Allen did his time he owes Boston nothing. I don’t see why everyones surprised he didn’t resign. Stay on Boston get in where ever he can fit in OR go play with the champs where his shots will be wide open. Allen gladly took the paycut. LETS GO HEAT!

  14. lakerluver - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    What I’ve learned is predictions, even from so called “experts”, mean nothing. Going into the Finals the Thunder were the odds on favorites.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      Plenty of non-experts picked the Thunder, the Spurs, even the Lakers. They were stupid.

  15. Louis Tumblin - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Ray is the greatest 3 point shooter of all time. Depending on what’s going on with Mike Miller Allen may not get a lot of minutes. He is Dwayne Wade’s back up now. Anyway it was his choice to sign with the Heat.

  16. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    “Hey Ray, you see that guy over there? Number 31 with the green headband? Looks like Jiminy Cricket.? Talking loud and doing the NYJ airplane thing after going 1-6 from three? Yeah, that’s him. Jason Terry. That’s the guy the Celtics thought was better than you. That’s the guy whose signing they made a priority over you. That’s the guy who’s going to be covering you tonight.”

    Oooh this is going to be SWEET.

    When Ray starts hitting 3s, and Terry is 2-11, how is that Boston Garden crowd going to respond? I’m sure they won’t be shy about their feelings.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      Terry has been a consistent, solid performer over his career, including Dallas’ championship run. When the Celtics signed him that was the icing on Ray’s cake, as far as him leaving is concerned.

  17. painter33 - Jul 7, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Ray Allen left because of Danny Ainge not Rondo. Ainge has proven to be a snake at least where it concerns Allen. Ainge’s feelings were hurt when he was traded from the Celtics but the original “Big Three” stayed intact. Ainge was dissing Red Auerbach earlier in the year for not trading Bird, Parish, or McHale when they were in decline. He said he wouldn’t be shy about trading anyone. It’s all about his ego, and that’s the only story. Poor Danny got his feelings hurt and wants to make sure everyone knows about it. Red wouldn’t have tried to trade Ray, but would have improved the team by building around the new “Big Four”. Ainge is not Auerbach.

  18. bozosforall - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    As usual, the Boston crybabies will diss Ray for leaving. Never mind that Boston teams are the least loyal to any of their former stars.

  19. davidcl77 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Going to a stacked team that just won a championship. How ambitious.

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