Monday, July 9, 2012

Doc Rivers has it all wrong about Ray Allen

Doc Rivers seems to think Ray Allen’s feeling unwanted by the Boston Celtics is because the team made re-signing Kevin Garnett their top priority.

"No, I didn’t agree, but that doesn’t matter,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what I think. I just wish we could have found a way [to sign Allen], and we didn’t. Always put it on us — it’s easier.”

“Kevin Garnett was our focal point, and he should have been,” said Rivers. “If that got anyone ruffled, then that’s probably too bad . . . He probably got bent sideways a bit by us courting Kevin. I really don’t know, honestly.”
No, Doc it probably was when President Danny Ainge agreed to sign Jason Terry that Allen felt like he didn’t fit anymore.

Mix that with Allen’s loss of playing time last year thanks to Avery Bradley’s emergence and a defending champion Heat team full of guys recruiting him, and Jesus Shuttlesworth ends up in South Beach.

For all the talk of loyalty, Allen owes nothing to the Celtics. The team has shopped him around for the last few seasons, with a deal in place this spring to send the sharpshooter to Memphis before pulling it off the table. Besides, he came to Boston to win a ring and then took a less-than-he-was-worth contract to stay there.

He’s done the same thing in going to the Miami Heat.

(Image courtesy Greg M. Cooper/US Presswire)

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