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Pierce “a little bitter” Ray Allen went to Miami, but they’re still “brothers”

Aug 3, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT


I think Paul Pierce and the Celtics players are handling Ray Allen’s departure to the Miami Heat better than some of the fans.

That doesn’t mean they are really happy about it. As example A, I bring you what Paul Pierce told when asked if he had talked to Allen since he signed with the Heat (transcribed by

“Couple texts. You know, I’m a little bitter that he went to Miami, but he’s still a brother of mine.”

If you were looking for more detail…

“It’s going to be a little weird, you know, but Ray made the best decision for him,” Pierce said. “And that’s what pretty much it’s all about. You get in these situations, you get in free agency, you make a decision what’s best for you and your family. Ray will always be a brother for me. If it wasn’t for him I probably wouldn’t be wearing a championship ring. So the things he was able to do for this organization will never be forgotten.”

Allen was expected to move on, and while coach Doc Rivers tried to take the blame the fact is Allen didn’t like coming off the bench behind Avery Bradley and he didn’t like how often Rajon Rondo was getting him the ball. He wanted a change, he wanted to be wanted rather than being shopped at the deadline.

It’s just that he found that in Miami that galls the Celtics faithful.

But what Rivers did turning that team over to Rondo was what was best for the Celtics; Rondo is the playmaker. Starting Bradley was best for the team. The moves Boston made this summer — bringing in Jason Terry for one — makes Boston better. Rivers and the Celtics didn’t do anything wrong, they were just moving past Allen.

Except now he still stands in their way. And the Celtics will get to see him on opening night.

By the way, the thing Celtics fans should take away most from the interview is Pierce saying his knee is 90 percent right now.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Hey Jennifah Ayahniston (bad attampt at typing a boston accent)….. Brad likes Angelina mowah than you. Get ovah rit cawksuckah!

    • truthhurtstoo - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      ah… the ole’ creakers still stinging. Wait, till Allen is raining threes down on them while they try to clog the lanes. Ray wants to win…. who can blame him?

      • andyhr17 - Aug 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        Wouldn’t Allen be one of the “creakers” you’re referring to? You’re insulting the guy you’re defending in the same sentence.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      Insulting, defending: sounds like politics!

  2. dls612 - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    They tried getting rid of him for the past couple of years. Then you take away his starting role, which he handled it with class. And they aggressively went after Terry! Then made it very clear he wouldn’t be the starter. But then when they knew Miami was interested they tried that no trade clause contract. Ray saw rite through that sh.t and bounce! They tried to keep him from making Miami a bigger threat than they are now. But nice try.

  3. lakerluver - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Jason Terry backing up Bradley is better than Ray Ray backing him up. If Pierce and KG play well I actually think the C’s will be better next season than they were this past season.

    • passerby23 - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      There would be no bitterness if he signed with any other team. If he had signed with Charlotte or New Orleans or something, everyone on the Boston Celtics would be saying “We understand he made the best choice for him and his family.” But the Heat? You can’t beat your rivals, so you joined them? I’d be bitter too.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Extremely erudite of you to say that. With Steve Nash the Lakers have got to be better, too.

  4. anotheryx - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    They are in year 6 of the 3 year plan now… somehow it’s still not sunk yet. A long shot and more than a little leaky, but just might be enough if the wind is blowing the right way.

  5. misterdreamer119 - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Ray Allen is done. He’s been done. There was a Big 3 in Boston the last 3 years and that Big Three was KG, Pudgy Pierce and Rajon.

    • dls612 - Aug 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      Thats what the celtics fans are hope

    • phaden27 - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      ‘Pudgy’ Pierce still drained shots…. until his knee went out. That’s basketball though.

  6. paulhargis53 - Aug 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    truth isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

  7. rrussellndfan - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Allen is a beast some of you are fools. Can’t wait to watch it rain in Miami!!

  8. boilerup1869 - Aug 4, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Grammar check this article please

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Calling the Grammar Police, it’s an emergency!

      • boilerup1869 - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        rgr that!

  9. proballerslounge - Aug 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM

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