|Posted by paul on July 6, 2012 at 11:35 PM|
Breakups are interesting, aren't they? There's no denying the feeling of heartbreak they give one. Breaking up hurts and it hurts for a while. Ray Allen was part of the resurgence of Celtics Pride, and he was part of our Celtics Family. The lump in the throat Allen has now given us won't go away for a while.
But it's also a relief when the breakup becomes final. After weeks of hoping that maybe things could be patched up, after the stress and tension that comes from trying to keep hope alive, when one knows deep down that the case is hopeless, the deed is now well and truly done. Now we get to move on, and the thing is, I'm not sure Ray Allen will ever be able to move on. There is no mistaking the fact that he acted out of spite, on the deepest level, or so it appears. I don't doubt that he thinks he can continue to build his 'brand' with the Heat, by building up his record for threes, while winning rings the easy way (on someone else's back), and maybe too he thinks that his political future is brighter in Miami (everyone seems to say that Allen will go into politics when he retires, which is not an encouraging thought in itself). But the way I see it, Lebron, Wade, Riley and Allen are four people who, for their various reasons, really wanted to stick it to Boston. They found a way to do it too. But that spite will be a brine they soak in for a long time. Once the satisfaction of having really stuck it to us subsides, Ray, will you then be happy?
I have to say, I take a bit of wicked pleasure at the spite Lebron, Wade, Riley and Allen seem to feel. They don't seem to like what we stand for, do they? These are guys who like to cherry pick their championships. Spite may be the sincerest expression of admiration. They must really look up to us if they want to bring us down so bad. I suspect that Celtics Fans look forward to continuing to give the Miami Coven of Four more reasons to look up to the Celtics in the year, and years, ahead.
It will be interesting to see the usual suspects in the Boston Media pick up on the Blame Rondo aspect of this in the days ahead. No doubt they will be chewing on that bone for a long time. They'll still be chewing on it as Rondo collects his MVP and DPOY trophies next year. But please, don't take at face value any of the stuff Allen puts out (indirectly as always) about why he gave us the bird. Remember that he said not long ago that he was very concerned about his family's stability, yet he chose to uproot his family in the face of a no-trade guarantee reportedly offered by the Celtics. Ray isn't the most sincere person, is he? No doubt he'll try to put a nice public face on his decision, while spreading scuttlebutt indirectly, but it was an ugly decision, and I think most people will see that through all the PR that floats around it.
As much as we wanted Allen to stay, he was holding us back. Allen seemed to see himself as the centerpiece of our offense, and that needed to change, and I don't think he was really open to that changing. Now the team can reshape around Rondo more swiftly. More Smithly?