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Ray Allen still says Celtics forced move to Heat

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11:30 AM ET 10.21 | Ray Allen wants you to know that he's thrilled to be on the Miami Heat. He also wants you to know that the Boston Celtics forced his hand in leaving. That doesn't make sense? In this rivalry, few things do. In an interview with Miami's WMEN, Allen discussed leaving the Celtics. Well it was just really a shame because on one hand you could say so many great things about me as a player and my impact on the floor, and not only on the floor but off the floor, like we did so many great things in the community -- not only as a team, but as individuals -- and that was my community and I support it as much as I could. We had some foundation initiatives that we still continue to do, so that doesn't change me. It was a business decision and the team put me in the position where we had to move. We had to go. Miami was a better choice for us based on what the team was doing, so it wasn't, don't boo me, boo the team in a sense. Now it's out of my control."

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October 21, 2012  11:39 AM ET

You whined as a Buck you whined as a Sonic you whined as a Celtic why did I think you might not whine when you got here

October 21, 2012  11:40 AM ET

No, Ray just didn't want to come off the bench. Celtics offered him double what he's getting from Miami. Time for Ray to quite being such a whiner.

October 21, 2012  11:40 AM ET

We us?

October 21, 2012  11:53 AM ET

He sounds like a man trying to convince himself.

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October 21, 2012  11:59 AM ET
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And a guy that is finally realizing that him going to his former teams biggest rival was a kick in their teeth of his buddies.

he let his pride blind him and now will carry that for the rest of his days. He has no home back in BOS after this plays out, he will not have his number retired in BOS like it should have been. He can blame the management for listening to trade offers, but in the end it's on him and he sounds like he's trying to convince himself of a truth he knows isn't right. He should have sucked up his pride and realized that

A) BOS didn't trade him despite the calls about him
B) BOS offered him twice as much money as anyone else in FA as a gesture of good faith and
C) Much bigger and better names than him have been asked about in trades, man up and accept it's part of the business.

Now this jabroni will never has his number retired and has burned the bridges he worked so hard to build in BOS. MIA will toss him to the side like a used hoooker after his contract is up or if he underperforms. If his shooting is off, he has no quality to fall back on like Battier's defense. Allen meant more to BOS than MIA, and now he will come to terms with the mistake he's made after failing to convince himself of the false truth.

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October 21, 2012  12:07 PM ET
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He had no chance at much playing time after they went out and signed Terry.

he went from 2nd string in BOS... to 2nd/3rd string in MIA. He's trying to convince himself and he's doing a poor job of it. Unlike Miller's passing or battier's defense, allen has no 2ndary trait to fall back on for playing minutes if his shot isn't falling. In BOS, they'd give him minutes out of loyalty but in MIA if his shot isn't falling you better believe spo won't put him on the floor since he's a defensive liability.

October 21, 2012  12:08 PM ET
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He had no chance at much playing time after they went out and signed Terry.

he went from 2nd string in BOS... to 2nd/3rd string in MIA. He's trying to convince himself and he's doing a poor job of it. Unlike Miller's passing or battier's defense, allen has no 2ndary trait to fall back on for playing minutes if his shot isn't falling. In BOS, they'd give him minutes out of loyalty but in MIA if his shot isn't falling you better believe spo won't put him on the floor since he's a defensive liability.

October 21, 2012  12:08 PM ET
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He had no chance at much playing time after they went out and signed Terry.

Terr was signed to replace Allen, not to play alongside.
BOS didn't "trade" him, but did "nudge" him out.

But both need to quit whining and just play.

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October 21, 2012  12:14 PM ET
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We us?

He's talking for himself...and his wallet.

October 21, 2012  12:16 PM ET
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he let his pride blind him ...

Pride is a crutch of the insecure.

October 21, 2012  12:17 PM ET
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he went from 2nd string in BOS... to 2nd/3rd string in MIA. He's trying to convince himself and he's doing a poor job of it. Unlike Miller's passing or battier's defense, allen has no 2ndary trait to fall back on for playing minutes if his shot isn't falling. In BOS, they'd give him minutes out of loyalty but in MIA if his shot isn't falling you better believe spo won't put him on the floor since he's a defensive liability.

Do you think it's pride, or he just wanted another ring?

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