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Ray Allen says he’ll ‘always be a Celtic’ (VIDEO)

Jan 27, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

Ray Allen played five seasons with the Boston Celtics and was a member of the 2008 team that won the NBA title. Due to some internal disagreements and the opportunity that arose for him in Miami, Allen left Boston and joined the defending champion Heat in time to start this season.

Sunday marked Allen’s first return to Boston since defecting, and he was greeted by a mixed reaction of both cheers and boos to start, while his former team put together a video tribute that played on the scoreboard before the starting lineups were introduced.

Allen finished second on his team in scoring only to LeBron James, with 21 points on 7-17 shooting in 38 minutes. He was just 2-8 from three-point distance, but one of those came late in regulation under pressure-packed circumstances.

The experience was an odd one for Allen, who classified it as such during his post-game press conference. As seen in the video clip above (via CSN New England), the most interesting part came when Allen came clean about what his time spent in Boston meant to him, while adding that as far as he’s concerned, he’ll always be a Celtic.

  1. jjordannba - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Classy move by the Celtics organization to make a video tribute for Ray Allen like they did upon Tony Allen’s, Kendrick Perkins, and Glen Big Baby’s returns to Boston.

  2. cosanostra71 - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    yeah whatever bro

  3. hodaghunter - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    No Ray-Ray… you’ll always be a Milwaukee Buck.

    • areyesrn - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      I always loved the Big Three of the Milwaukee Bucks…that 2001 Bucks-Sixers series will always be epic

  4. savvybynature - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I think that’s more up to the fans, and after you turned down twice the $ and the no-trade clause you wanted to join the team that knocked the Celtics out of the playoffs last year… I’m guessing probably not.

  5. broadstbully - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    The fans actually have no say in the matter. That organization still loves him, and he still loves the organization. He’ll likely retire as a Celtic, and go into the Hall of Fame as a Celtic. Fact is, he, Pierce, and KG will forever be associated with one another, and with the Celtics franchise. They don’t return to prominence without any of those 3. Boston fans seem to forget that.

  6. lucymyclos617 - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    The celtics fans are not foolish.

  7. bjoe23 - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Die-hard Celtics fan, I definitely see where hes coming from, it seems like he was here forever. Everyone knows what he did, leaving for the team we just got in a 7 round fight in for less money. But it is so hard not to like and respect Ray, eventually we will be able to say hes a Celtic for life, just not now while he’s wearing that Heat jersey.

  8. scalfor3 - Jan 28, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    You had a chance to “always be a Celtic”, Ray. You turned it down to team up with the enemy.

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