Ray Allen gave an interview to Jackie MacMullan recently (read it if you haven’t), presumably so he could finally get all of his thoughts about the Boston Celtics off his chest and stop the media from badgering him about his past team on a daily basis.
I personally thought Ray’s comments reeked of insincerity and wrote several hundreds of words about it on MassLive, but you can read more of my thoughts in the following paragraphs.
– Ray said he will only remember Rondo for the good times. ”When you ask me about Rondo, the only thing I’m going to think of is the guy who came to the house asking for my mom’s lobster pasta. Those are the memories I have.”
Wait, allow me to stop laughing.
Keep waiting. Sorry, I’m doubled over in stomach pain now.
Ray, if you were going to pretend like all you remember of Rondo are the good times, why settle for mom’s lobster pasta as the example? Why not remember the time you guys spent three straight days watching an All My Children marathon and then had to build a raft to paddle out of a river formed by your own tears? Or the time you walked together into a library holding hands, but needed to go to Barnes and Noble because the library didn’t have any more copies of Dear John?
Come on, Ray. We’re not stupid. Don’t treat us like we are. You and Rondo had beef. It helped lead you out of Boston. The end. No sappy excuses necessary.
– ”I don’t know why they [stopped using me] as much,” Allen said. “It’s hard to say. I look in ’08, we had such an amazing run. You look at guys like James Posey and P.J. Brown and Sammy [Cassell] and Leon [Powe]; we had so many players that understood their roles, and everyone just came in and did their part. It was ‘Don’t do too much; just do what you need to do to help the team win.’ And, as the years went by, there was less and less for me. Why? That’s a question you’d have to ask Doc.”
Must I even address this? We all saw Allen play last year. We all know how much better the Celtics became once Avery Bradley joined the starting lineup. Why? Because Ray was deteriorating and the Celtics were forced into evolving.
– According to Ray, who heard it “through back channels,” the Celtics almost traded him for Tracy McGrady in 2007-08. I have no information one way or the other, but T-Mac didn’t fit with the Celtics as well as Ray did. Ray’s shooting spaced the floor for Pierce’s slashing, which complemented Garnett’s well-rounded offensive repertoire quite well. I’ll stop here at risk of shedding a tear about the 2008 championship team, but if Ainge actually considered this deal, even before T-Mac became fully washed up, he was not acting intelligently.
– On what he’ll do when he sees the Celtics on opening night: ”I’m going to walk over and say, ‘What’s up?’ Those guys are my brothers.”
Sadly, he forgot to add, “And then KG’s going to tear off my head, which Rondo will throw like a football to Paul Pierce, who will slam dunk it through the hoop while Doc Rivers cheers on the sideline.”
Go read my piece at MassLive if you want more, guys. Methinks Ray Allen just needs to stop talking about the Celtics, no matter how many reporters ask him about his former team daily.