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LeBron, Wade call out former Celtics who dissed Ray Allen then left Boston themselves

Oct 17, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett AP

One year ago at this time the story we were all sick of was the “feud” between Ray Allen and his former teammates on the Boston Celtics. Allen didn’t feel respected or part of the Celtics plans (Avery Bradley had taken his starting job) and so he took less money to bolt for Miami. He was called “Benedict Allen” in and worse in Boston, he just shrugged then went on to hit the biggest shot of his career and win a ring Miami.

Now Kevin Garnett — who famously said he lost Allen’s phone number — and Paul Pierce are members of the Brooklyn Nets as Boston has gone into full rebuilding mode.

Before the Heat face the Nets this preseason, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade politely called out the Celtics players for what they see as hypocrisy, as reported by Brian Windhorst at ESPN.

“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston and now these guys are leaving Boston,’” James said.

“I think it’s OK; I didn’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving. That’s the nature of our business, man. I don’t know what Boston was going through at the end of the day. I know Ray had to make the best decision for him and his family and his career. Doc, KG and Paul did that as well. You can’t criticize someone who does something that’s best for their family….

“We all know the world, how it works,” Wade said. “The biggest thing is Ray is happy [in Miami]. If they’re happy in Brooklyn, then let them be happy. People say things about people when they do something when they themselves would do the same thing. It’s about putting yourself in the best situation, and at the end of the day we all do that. You can’t really say anything about someone that does it for themselves.”

In Boston Allen leaving is seen as different because the Celtics fans thought their team was still a contender, not an older squad one injury away from blowing it up. They also say Allen left of his own free will — for far less money to a rival — while Pierce and Garnett were traded. I don’t buy that logic. Garnett had a no-trade clause, he could have shot the whole thing down or walked away, but he didn’t in large part because Pierce pushed for him to go through with it. Pierce and KG had options (including retirement), instead they chose the trade.

This should simply serve as a reminder that your passionate fan allegiances have little to no impact on players, who see this as a business, as their job. Remember how KG was going to retire a Celtic? Exactly.

  1. Rick Cosmo - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Ray Allen left as a free agent. Pierce and Garnett were traded. Big difference.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 19, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      They could not trade KG without his consent. Pierce actually convinced KG to waive his no-trade clause so they could both go to Brooklyn. It’s not as if it caught either by surprise – they both helped facilitate the trade.

      The “big difference” is that Ray Allen left because Boston made him feel unwanted and marginalized, while KG and Doc left because they felt the Celtics were no longer contenders.

  2. philaw123 - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    I used to be a fan but KG is a real hypocrite. Calling out Ray Allen when he himself left Minnesota to go chip hunting with Boston. And he has no business telling LeBron and DWade to butt out when he’s going after their team mate. This act was cool when he was a brash youngster but he’s a freakin veteran on his last legs and he should act more like an adult.

  3. jollyjoker2 - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    KG has always been a selfish dirtball. World revolves around him in his own mind.

  4. ballinshhhh - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    KG and PP bashing RA on leaving Boston has more to do about leaving the big 3 and less about him leaving Boston in general. Even if he did have to come off the bench he came off the bench for Miami and he got less money. I do not mind RA leaving Boston, but he broke up really any chance Boston had to make Miami stronger. It is a business and RA shafted PP and KG so I understand PP and KG being salty at him at that time.

    The major difference in PP and KG leaving Boston

    Even though KG had a no trade clause and PP was basically begging him to wave it, you would have to assume that the front office for Boston was all for them leaving. The trade would have not been on the table if it wasn’t. PP and KG didn’t created or demand the trade, but they did make the most of the oppertunity. They ended up playing for a team that was ready to take them in together and left a team that was ready to send them off. That I a BIG difference.

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