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Well Boo Hoo Hoo

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?   

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7 Comments

Reply paul
12:15 AM on July 7, 2012 
The Heat just handed Rajon Rondo a mountain of motivation. They will regret that.
Reply Esther
12:58 AM on July 7, 2012 
By signing with Heat, Ray is telling Rondo that he can't beat LeBron. That's harsh coming from your own teammate and former mentor, isn't it? Especially after the bitter duel Rondo had just fought against LeBron. Rondo will no doubt turn this into motivation, but it must have hurt him.
Reply Franklin
1:57 AM on July 7, 2012 
Nice post Paul. The Celtics can move on as a team, but us fans won't forget, and maybe in time, will forgive, but it will take some time.
Reply Cisco
3:12 AM on July 7, 2012 
Well, boo hoo hoo, too!
Mr. Allen seems to forget that his 3 pts record was possible (at least for the five Bostonian years) thanks to Rondo. Rondo's game and assists just made it easy for Mr. Allen to shoot 3s. We all know that, in this point of his (however, remarcable) career, Ray cannot create his own shot. In order to make 3s, Ray NEEDS open spaces and perfect assists.
I'll say it again: Ray Allen should thank Rondo.
Yes, Rondo and Ray were close at times and Rondo said he would call Ray if needed to talk to someone. Those seem ancient times now. Rondo grew up and he is not the little (tolerated) brother anymore. He is one of the best in bussiness now. And that just cannot fit with Ray's vision of himself. You're right Paul, Ray still thinks he was the main offensive power in Boston. Well, not anymore. Not with Rondo in control. Not with Bradley's defensive emergence and the changes taking place.
So, in the end Ray just took his talents to South Beach... I wish him luck and hope he'll find his happyness in Florida.
The Celtics will move on, whitout Ray. The Celtics will still be that perpetual, famous, intriguing championship caliber team. Respected and dominant franchise. Legendary place. Miami? Indeed, a winning team, in a sporadic way. Far away and not in the league of extraordinary gentlemen, where Celtics belongs.
Not only Rondo, but KG and Pierce too, should all be fueled by Ray's choice and this might just unite Celtics even more and be the engine leading to No. 18, how about that?
Reply paul
7:34 AM on July 7, 2012 
Esther says...
By signing with Heat, Ray is telling Rondo that he can't beat LeBron. That's harsh coming from your own teammate and former mentor, isn't it? Especially after the bitter duel Rondo had just fought against LeBron. Rondo will no doubt turn this into motivation, but it must have hurt him.


I think it hurts Rondo a lot, though he'll never let on. I don't think there is any doubt that he looked up to the Big Three as Big Brothers.

But he's also very adept at turning slights into motivation...
Reply paul
7:36 AM on July 7, 2012 
Franklin says...
Nice post Paul. The Celtics can move on as a team, but us fans won't forget, and maybe in time, will forgive, but it will take some time.


I think Allen's number may even be retired, but that really will take some time. This was, in my opinion, a deliberate slap in the face by Allen. Did you see his supposed final counteroffer, where he demanded 9 million a year for three years? To my thinking, that erases any slight remaining doubt that what Allen did was intended as an eff u to the Celtics, Celtics fans, Ainge and Rondo.
Reply paul
7:44 AM on July 7, 2012 
Cisco says...
Well, boo hoo hoo, too!
Mr. Allen seems to forget that his 3 pts record was possible (at least for the five Bostonian years) thanks to Rondo. Rondo's game and assists just made it easy for Mr. Allen to shoot 3s. We all know that, in this point of his (however, remarcable) career, Ray cannot create his own shot. In order to make 3s, Ray NEEDS open spaces and perfect assists.
I'll say it again: Ray Allen should thank Rondo.
Yes, Rondo and Ray were close at times and Rondo said he would call Ray if needed to talk to someone. Those seem ancient times now. Rondo grew up and he is not the little (tolerated) brother anymore. He is one of the best in bussiness now. And that just cannot fit with Ray's vision of himself. You're right Paul, Ray still thinks he was the main offensive power in Boston. Well, not anymore. Not with Rondo in control. Not with Bradley's defensive emergence and the changes taking place.
So, in the end Ray just took his talents to South Beach... I wish him luck and hope he'll find his happyness in Florida.
The Celtics will move on, whitout Ray. The Celtics will still be that perpetual, famous, intriguing championship caliber team. Respected and dominant franchise. Legendary place. Miami? Indeed, a winning team, in a sporadic way. Far away and not in the league of extraordinary gentlemen, where Celtics belongs.
Not only Rondo, but KG and Pierce too, should all be fueled by Ray's choice and this might just unite Celtics even more and be the engine leading to No. 18, how about that?


Cisco, I wonder how much depends on whether or not KG and Pierce go along with the Blame Rondo thing. My guess is that KG won't, but Pierce might. But in the end, Ray has done us a favor. I think a lot of the confusion will dissipate, a lot of the uncertainty about the offense.

Allen reminds me of Kareem Jabbar. He perfected a shot to an extent that few achieved, but then he wanted the offense built around his shot. It seemed like he just wasn't going to be flexible about that. He seems to think that he will be the center of the offense in Miami. I really wonder. Maybe he really will just sit on the three point line and knock down threes all game. I could see that happening. Or maybe he will find himself in the typical 'new guy on the job' syndrome. When they interviewed you for the job, they acted like they were your best friends. But pretty soon you discover how they really see you, and a lot of times it's ugly.

But even if Allen has seemingly chose the 'way' of hate, it's important for Celtics fans to try to lay off that koolaide. Let's focus on our team. A lot of exciting basketball could lie ahead.