Tweet of the Night goes to Jarrett Jack, who took a big swing and called Ray Allen a traitor for leaving the Boston Celtics to join the Miami Heat.
If you’re a Celtics fan, there’s reason to believe that Allen is a traitor. He left the organization and will take less money to play for a team he has played against in three consecutive postseasons – a rival team that took Boston out of the playoffs in seven games in the Conference Finals just last month.
Lets take this from Allen’s perspective, though:
1. It’s well documented that he didn’t exactly get along with moody point guard Rajon Rondo. In fact, his deteriorated relationship with Rondo played a big role in his decision to leave the team. It’s difficult to play the game of basketball with someone you genuinely dislike – win or lose – which appears to be the case here.
2. Allen willingly took less money in 2010 to return to the Celtics, but was noticeably a part of trade rumors and was nearly traded at the midway point this past season to the Memphis Grizzlies, something he was very upset about.
3. The Celtics repeatedly stated their desire to retain Allen, but recently agreed to sign Jason Terry – likely to play a bulk of his minutes at Allen’s position. With Avery Bradley already in position to take over the starting job at shooting guard next season, where did that leave Allen for playing time? The team talked up the idea of playing him together with Terry, but it would have put Allen in a limited-role situation
At the end of the day, Boston did most of the stabbing before Allen’s decision to leave the team. Even with that fact, he was torn about the situation. Like all other free agent, though, he fulfilled his obligations to the team and made a reasonable choice to join a team that gave him the best chance to win another championship – the ultimate goal for every NBA veteran.
Allen is still one of the deadliest shooters in the league, but will turn 37 this month and obviously isn’t the player he once was. It’s a loss, but it’s not necessarily the most devastating one. Boston fans may not like the choice of destination, but before they consider showering him with heavy boos next season, they should remember a true professional that was once a part of the Big Three that helped bring the only championship the town has seen in over two decades.