Much criticism has been thrown at Ray Allen after he left the Boston Celtics for the Miami Heat back in 2012. Back then, the Heat were the Celtics’ main rival. So for the Celtics, especially Kevin Garnett, what Allen did was unacceptable.
But in a recent interview with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take, Allen revealed his side of the story. He revealed that he tried to stay in Boston but wasn’t going to get paid. Due to this, he was forced to entertain other options. Below is the video, where Allen discussed his side in part:
Ray Allen tells @FirstTake why he left Boston. pic.twitter.com/pZtQSdlJtn
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Allen added the Celtics offered a contract. However, it was not enough for the all-time leader in 3-pt field goals made.
“By the time [free agency] came, [the Celtics] had signed everyone else contractually and then when it came time for me, it was like, ‘This is all we have left for you,’ and we had the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves.”
“I didn’t know where I was gonna end up, but when you look at the dominoes and how they fall, you have your opinions in front of you. I’m not gonna sabotage myself because people are gonna be mad that I go to Miami,” Allen said.
Ray Allen finally aired his side of the story. Hopefully, the Celtics, especially Kevin Garnett and the fans take time to understand that it wasn’t a personal decision. The NBA is a business after all. Basketball is how players make a living.