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Doc takes the heat for Ray leaving

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 1, 2012 at 7:15 PM




I got on Doc's case last season, when he battled to make the right decision to start Bradley , or Ray. Media reports surfaced saying Ray was unhappy with the move to the bench. But he put on a show for the media, but deep inside Ray was already gone. Doc made the best choice for the Celtics. The bad news was that Ray had to go back in the starting unit after Bradley tore up both shoulders for good in the second round against Philly.


If you didn't have respect for Doc before. After this interview, Doc looks like a great leader. He took the blame, and why should he allow the media to latch onto Rondo. Because at the end of the day. Ray left Boston because he was a spoiled baby, who didn't want to let go of the spotlight. Doc didn't give him the playing time that he wanted. Doc knows this is Rondo's team, and for the latter part of last season. The tug of war between Pierce, Allen, and Rondo was obvious. It was also obvious to see that when both Pierce, and Rondo played without Ray. The Celtics as a whole played much better. The offense was alive,and the Celtics didn't kill time, by looking for Ray.


In the end, Ray leaving isn't bad at all, and I think we sounded off on that a lot in the past month. Of course it's hard to see him go, because he could have been a huge part of this team, but like Doc said. The team would suck if he was unhappy. The weapons that are here in Boston, will allow Rondo to be fully in charge of this team. Great move by Doc.



"People can use all the Rondo stuff -- and it was there, no doubt about that -- but it was me more than Rondo," Rivers told Yahoo! Sports in an interview conducted at the London Olympics, where the coach is working as an NBC analyst. "I'm the guy who gave Rondo the ball. I'm the guy who decided that Rondo needed to be more of the leader of the team. That doesn't mean guys liked that -- and Ray did not love that -- because Rondo now had the ball all the time.


"Think about everything (Allen) said when he left, 'I want to be more of a part of the offense.' Everything was back at Rondo. And I look at that, and say, 'That's not Rondo's fault.' That's what I wanted Rondo to do, and that's what Rondo should've done."

Rivers also told Yahoo! that Allen was bothered by losing his starting job to Avery Bradley, but the coach said he didn't regret the decision to start Bradley because it was what was best for the team.

Allen turned down Boston's two-year, $12 million offer to accept half that from the Heat, who could offer only a $3 million annual salary utilizing the taxpayer's mini-midlevel exception. Rivers questioned the notion that Allen will find a bigger role with the Heat.

"Ray's got to do what's best for Ray," Rivers told Yahoo! Sports. "But having said that, he's not going to start in Miami. And I doubt he gets the ball more. But I do think, for a guy like Ray and Paul (Pierce) and Kevin (Garnett) and Kobe (Bryant), it's easier to go somewhere and do that, than have it taken from you where you're at."

 

Focusing on doing what's best for the team instead of worrying about how individual players feel allows him to "coach free," Rivers told Yahoo! Sports.

"I always tell my guys: If I'm wrong, hopefully I'm smart enough, or my staff, or one of you guys -- because I do listen to you -- will tell me that I'm wrong," Rivers told Yahoo! Sports. "But not one player ever told me, 'Hey, I don't think you should start Avery.'

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16 Comments

Reply Greg
7:30 PM on August 1, 2012 
Ray was not happy with his compensation. Ray was not happy about Rondo
getting the ball more. Hey Ray! When you get older you cannot do what you used
to do physically. And it does not get any better. Get used to it. And now you are
making less money and will be coming off the bench behind Wade and Chalmers

After your tizzy fit ? your situation is you are making less money and playing about
the same or less minutes. When the Celtics beat the Heat next year you will look
even more foolish. Will enjoy watching Bradley and Lee shutting you down!
Reply Celticslifer
7:32 PM on August 1, 2012 
Greg says...
Ray was not happy with his compensation. Ray was not happy about Rondo
getting the ball more. Hey Ray! When you get older you cannot do what you used
to do physically. And it does not get any better. Get used to it. And now you are
making less money and will be coming off the bench behind Wade and Chalmers

After your tizzy fit ? your situation is you are making less money and playing about
the same or less minutes. When the Celtics beat the Heat next year you will look
even more foolish. Will enjoy watching Bradley and Lee shutting you down!


Those guys will shut him down. And they will take away his screens. Who will screen for him in Miami?
Reply Tony
8:30 PM on August 1, 2012 
Glad your gone Ray! Lol
Reply paul
8:38 PM on August 1, 2012 
It's painfully obvious now that a lot of the knives stuck in Rondo's back via the media were coming from Ray.
Reply celticsz
9:45 PM on August 1, 2012 
So happy to see Doc take the blame off of Rondo, and he was quite vocal about it. Now, Paul, you're next coming off the bench if you don't come to camp in shape and play better in the regular season. Someone is going to be nipping at your heels for that starting position! And with KG, well, that is what makes him special... I just really don't think he cares as long as it means another championship. So looking forward to this next season. With the youth they have now and a full training camp, it's going to be a great year.
Reply paul
10:24 PM on August 1, 2012 
It's not going to matter so much who starts and who comes off the bench. Rondo will be playing a lot of minutes, with varying configurations around him
Reply Birdman33
10:45 PM on August 1, 2012 
paul says...
It's painfully obvious now that a lot of the knives stuck in Rondo's back via the media were coming from Ray.


Ray is acting like a 12 year old girl. Seeing his true colors,and it's not green.
Reply paul
11:04 PM on August 1, 2012 
Birdman33 says...
Ray is acting like a 12 year old girl. Seeing his true colors,and it's not green.


I find it fascinating that folks continue to declare that Allen is a 'class act', and even that he handled all this with class! I think it's clear now that he's been a **** all along, and that he's just never been honest, that he's taken out a lot of his envious spite in the media, but never with his name attached to it.

Who is the real diva? I think we know now.
Reply Birdman33
12:11 AM on August 2, 2012 
paul says...
I find it fascinating that folks continue to declare that Allen is a 'class act', and even that he handled all this with class! I think it's clear now that he's been a **** all along, and that he's just never been honest, that he's taken out a lot of his envious spite in the media, but never with his name attached to it.

Who is the real diva? I think we know now.



Exactly. I mean he went to the Heat, after the damn rumor broke out in April. He leaked it, and everything else along with it.
Reply celticsz
8:47 AM on August 2, 2012 
Ray is seeing green. Green with envy towards Rondo.

Birdman33 says...
Ray is acting like a 12 year old girl. Seeing his true colors,and it's not green.
Reply paul
9:30 AM on August 2, 2012 
Birdman33 says...
Exactly. I mean he went to the Heat, after the damn rumor broke out in April. He leaked it, and everything else along with it.


That's how I see it. Allen has been ripping Rondo to the media on the side, all the while pretending to be the 'consummate professional'. Ray really needs to think about this.
Reply paul
9:31 AM on August 2, 2012 
celticsz says...
Ray is seeing green. Green with envy towards Rondo.


Crazy with envy.
Reply Morena
2:19 PM on August 2, 2012 
Allen left because he couldn't stand anymore Rondo's talent, intelligence and leadership.
I love that Doc backed up Rondo shouldering the blame!!
Reply paul
11:22 PM on August 2, 2012 
Morena says...
Allen left because he couldn't stand anymore Rondo's talent, intelligence and leadership.
I love that Doc backed up Rondo shouldering the blame!!


But Morena, some of the most beautiful passes any of us have ever seen were from Rondo to Allen. How could Allen not see the beauty of this?
Reply Morena
12:14 AM on August 3, 2012 
paul says...
But Morena, some of the most beautiful passes any of us have ever seen were from Rondo to Allen. How could Allen not see the beauty of this?


The envy makes people blind..
Reply paul
8:55 AM on August 3, 2012 
Morena says...
The envy makes people blind..


Yes I know it does. I reckon we've all experienced it.