Players leave teams all the time. It is called, after all, “free” agency. Sometimes players leave a team and go on to its big rival, traditional rival or recent playoff rival. It happens. Yankees and Red Sox fans have experienced it again and again.
But for some reason, Ray Allen’s decision to leave the Celtics and sign with the Heat struck a chord that’s still reverberating. Now that the Celtics are rebuilding, and there was a mass exodus of players and the coach, LeBron James was reminded of all the criticism directed at Allen the former Husky legend, last year. The Heat are coming to Brooklyn to play against several former Celtics now on the Nets, and James told ESPN:
“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,’ … 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.”
Adds a little spice to the NBA preseason, at least. Here is the full story on ESPN.com.