Ray Allen reacts to Paul Pierce’s comments on Dwyane Wade
Allen, who was once a teammate of both Pierce and Wade, told Boston.com’s Hayden Bird that it’s complicated to compare both players because they’re different, despite both guys having great careers.
“I just think it’s hard to compare. Those two guys are different players.”
However, Ray Allen wasn’t a fan of Pierce’s comments, saying he should’ve just allowed fans to celebrate Wade’s career rather than saying the things he said.
“That doesn’t get him anywhere by saying that. It’s great that you love yourself, but you just have to make sure that you pay homage to greatness when you see it. I think that moment was an opportunity to just celebrate D-Wade’s career and what he’s meant to the NBA.”
“And see Paul had a great career. There’s no taking away from the career that Paul had, but what he did was he entered the arena of now allowing people to start judging him and it took away from his greatness. I don’t want to take away from Paul’s greatness, because he’s done great things in the league, and he’s set standards and a tone.”
In fact, Allen isn’t really a fan of putting one player against another just for the sake of debates. He said those types of discussions should be minimized.
“That’s what we have to get away from is trying to pit this player against that player and compare. It’s like no, let’s just look at what they’ve done individually and marvel at their impact in the league and just appreciate each individual for who they are.”
Still, Allen believes that Pierce had an illustrious career, and that’s something that he just needs to focus on rather than comparing what he’s accomplished to the rest of the players in the league, past or present.