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Ray Allen brushes off Kevin Garnett’s barking while enjoying the beach

Sep 30, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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There are some players and stories that in order to get the real feeling for how intense the situation is, you have to divide the hype by about 10. Others, though, you have to multiply by 10 to get a real sense of the bad blood. Ray Allen vs. the Celtics is a multiplier situation. Both sides are trying to downplay it. But there’s a clear and present disdain from the Celtics for Allen’s “defection” and on Saturday, Allen let it be known that he’s too busy admiring the water to be bothered. From Fox Sports Florida:

Kevin Garnett fired the latest salvo on Friday.

“I don’t have Ray’s number anymore,” the Boston center said. “I’m not trying to communicate. I’m just being honest.”

On Saturday in Miami, Allen just shrugged it off.

“That’s a shame,” Allen said. “I’m a good person to talk to on the phone.

“I’ve been around long enough to know that when you speak, sometimes what you say, I don’t know how many miles apart we are, sometimes the translation gets mixed up,” Allen said. “If I even was still (with the Celtics), I probably wouldn’t talk to him much over the summer. We’re friends regardless of what happened. … I’m not worried about it.”

via Allen not bothered by barbs from Celtics.

That’s basically “U MAD, BRO?” in Ray Allen speak.

Garnett, Pierce, and Rondo have made it known that they are not impressed with Allen’s decision and that he has burned the Ubuntu bridge behind him. But Allen the entire time has acted like a professional, and in the interview linked above, he continues to be that way. He’s simply not going to get sucked into the drama. But on opening night, and in every subsequent matchup, there’s going to be a different vibe on the floor.

These two teams have never liked each other. The Celtics have thought of themselves as Kings of the hill since 2008, and the Heat have reveled in their ability to get past them the past two years after season after season of heartbreak. But this is a whole different thing. This feels like a betrayal to the guys in green, and it’s going to be obvious when they play how they feel about Allen.

  1. gepsep - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    WHAT??? Barking? Just watch the video and the way KG said it all. He said it as a normal thing. No one would find need to communicate with a person that is now his rival, also.

  2. football58 - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Why is Boston all butt hurt that Ray Allen picked the Heat. Boston tried to trade the guy numerous time. Why would he resign in Boston, just so they can trade him to a team that he doesn’t get to choose? I could see if Allen wasn’t the subject of trade rumors and then picked Miami then they could be mad. The fact is, he took less money to go somewhere he is wanted. Nothing wrong with that.

    • guyaneserj - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      My sentiments EXACTLY! Ou tried to dump me SEVERAL times, now ur mad @ me? Hmmmmmmm

    • drunkenjunk - Sep 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      kg is just being himself. Everybody else is blowing this outta proportion. There is nothing wrong with not talking to a rival. Everybody is too soft.

    • jjordannba - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      We all get the point, but that doesn’t relate to his teammates. His Teammates didn’t try to trade him. Infact Paul Pierce said he wanted all 3 of them to retire together. Pierce also said he made a decision as a man and for his family so you can’t be upset about it. Which is the same thing you all are saying. But that he Wished that he had chosen to play with the Clippers or anywhere else but the rival heat. So maybe that’s why the Celtics players are not too thrilled with Allen’s decision. Maybe they just don’t like that “If you can’t beat em join em” attitude.

      • guyaneserj - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        That wld be fine jjordannba, if it wasn’t for the fact that KG, RR and PP aren’t the GM of the Celtics and thus, do not control the incoming/outgoings of players.

        Danny Ainge has on SEVERAL occasions offered Ray Ray up 2 other teams, my question, if this were u, and u felt like a piece of meat, wy in God’s name wld u remain “loyal” to that team? Especially when ur basically in da twilight of ur career and a championship contender comes knocking rather loudly at ur door?

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:29 AM

      REAL chop football58

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Is this middle school?

    “Hey Ray, you hear what Kevin Garnett said about you”

    Does KG think Ray has a big butt and dresses like a slut too?

    This media driven BS tattle-tailing degrades both of these men.

    Media- “but Kevin started it”

    • phaden27 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Thank you, genuinely.

  4. j0esixpack - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    I’m a Celtics fan and I’m siding with Allen on this one.

    He was the first piece of the puzzle signed by Ainge. Without him making that leap of faith, the Celtics don’t get Garnett.

    Helping to raise banner #17 earned him the right to play wherever he wants (as if a long quality career alone didn’t do that)

    I think this does show how strongly Garnett and Pierce feel about camaraderie and a team concept, which Allen obviously does not feel as strongly about, but that’s his call.

    The bottom line is that the Celtics upgraded over Allen with Bradley and Terry, and if the Celtics use Allen’s “defection” to rally themselves for 2012 so be it.

    • guyaneserj - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      I’m confused! You say you’re siding with Ray on this one, yet in ur nxt sentence u accuse him of being a defector? Ur neglecting to also address the fact that the “defector” was offered up several times on da trading block, yet still is required to show loyalty? REALLY?

      Plus, all fun and jokes aside, Terry is better than Ray Ray/Jesus Shuttleworth? LOL! OK then

      • j0esixpack - Sep 30, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        There’s this little thing in grammar and writing called quotation marks.

        When people use them around a word, it can indicate a different context for that word

        i.e. – calling Ray Allen a “defector” is akin to referring to those who have never encountered quotation marks as “experts” in reading comprehension.

      • j0esixpack - Sep 30, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        By the way, given Allen’s ongoing ankle problems, do you really think most people doubt Terry and Bradley are an upgrade over him?

        Heck, whether he intended to or not, Allen may have weakened the Heat if they were actually depending on him to be a backup. Ubuntu!

      • guyaneserj - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        j0esixpack, I didn’t realize that this was English 101, I happen to have an MBA and currently deciding on whether 2 do my doctorate, so what point are u trying 2 make exactly?

        This, is a blog, and I’m treating it as such, if u wish to circumvent the question being asked by looking at semantics, then do u!

        However, I’ll ask again, do u blame Ray Ray for his behavior? Wld u act any differently under the circumstance?

  5. totallyuselessme - Sep 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    This is overblown. Ray’s not mad, and I don’t think Kevin is either. Guy made the choice that was right for him. Even if it’s the Heat he wound up with, I don’t blame him. He’s good on cash, he wants to play basketball, ’cause he can still play, and he wants some more rings.

    And he can do that in Miami. He doesn’t hate anybdy. He just wants to ball.

    • guyaneserj - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Totally agree totallyuselessme!

  6. miamatt - Sep 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    It is clear by all the chirping coming from KG, Pierce, Rondo, and even Doc, that they are genuinely hurt by Ray leaving. As a Heat fan, that makes me all the more pleased by the signing; Miami sure twisted the knife slowly on this one.

    @j0esixpack, I’m not sure what all the thumbs down on your comment are coming from, you are more level headed on this one than most. I would say that if Terry is an upgrade over Allen at this stage, it is a marginal one at best. And Avery Bradley isn’t going to be confused with an all-star anytime soon. Still, in the context of the Celtics organization and the role he needs to play, he is valuable- more valuable than he would be elsewhere. Similarly, Ray Allen, in the context of the role Miami needs him to play (off the bench and end game, floor spacing shooter) is more valuable to the Heat than he would have been to Boston. When taken in totality, the Allen departure and Terry addition looks like a scenario where both teams got better.

    Can’t wait for opening night!

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Sep 30, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Very well said

      To me, it seems like Ray wanted to feel wanted by the organization more so than anything else. He felt used by Ainge and welcomed by Riley and money wasn’t the issue. While I’m sure he is sad to leave Pierce and Garnett behind, he is excited to be part of the spread offense run by Lebron and Wade

      • guyaneserj - Sep 30, 2012 at 2:31 PM


  7. misterdreamer119 - Sep 30, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Rays done. Injuries pile up. Hell play about 12 mins in miami.

    • 1historian - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      12 minutes a game is what they want out of him. If you mean he’ll play only 12 minutes period and then he’s done – don’t think so.

      And when he gets hot – he’s murder. And he has a habit of getting hot when the pressure is no – that’s why they signed him. That and also to piss off the Celtics.

      • badintent - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:17 PM

        You typed “when the pressure is no”
        Freudian slip there,eh ?
        He did miss a ton of shots last playoff( His bad ankle didn’t shoot the ball, his hands did )
        Riley ain’t about head games with other GM’s, he too smart for that, that’s why he’s got 6 rings and counting……………………………..Smart New York State man

  8. 1historian - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    just wondering – how many BILLIONS of people don’t know about this silly little snit and if they did know they couldn’t care less?

    Add one

  9. josh1972 - Sep 30, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    he shouldn’t have been on the beach in the first place, sand is very bad for a baskerballers feet, it is like walking on glass afterall

  10. spankygreen - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    j0esixpack – Sep 30, 2012 at 7:52 PM
    By the way, given Allen’s ongoing ankle problems, do you really think most people doubt Terry and Bradley are an upgrade over him?

    Heck, whether he intended to or not, Allen may have weakened the Heat if they were actually depending on him to be a backup. Ubuntu!

    weakend the Heat huh?……Haha!……continue telling yourself that…lol

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