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Paul Pierce 'definitely hurt' by Ray Allen's exit

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10:31 AM ET 04.13 | Almost nine months have passed since Ray Allen joined the Miami Heat, and Paul Pierce still hasn't talked to his former teammate. As Allen discovered during Miami's March 18 visit to the Garden, Celtics fans can be an aggressively unforgiving lot. Pierce doesn't consider his own feelings about Allen that extreme. But as the Celtics captain admitted this week in anticipation of last night's game against the Heat, he's still not ready to put Allen back on his calling list. "It definitely hurt me," Pierce said. "Say we play the Lakers for the championship, and two years later I go and sign with the Lakers. That's the equivalent of what he did."

Boston Herald

Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images
April 13, 2013  10:35 AM ET

He Was Just A Hired Gun, Bro.

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April 13, 2013  11:11 AM ET

So...the Celtics shopped him to everyone including the Harlem Globetrotters, Rivers intimated his playing time would decrease, and the organization was letting Rondo make a fool out of him privately and increasingly in public...and Ray's a prick because he went someplace he could try for one last championship instead of staying with the Big Three Old Guys, whose championship window has slammed closed and been nailed shut.

Not debating he is by accounts a thorny personality, but why is it that the team and their new face-of-the-franchise can slap him around all they want but when he goes elsewhere, HE'S the jerk?

April 13, 2013  11:14 AM ET

Besides, he was on the team for four years. This isn't Montana exiting SF under unhappy circumstances. He was a 12 year vet before he even got there. Who was he to Celtic fans...Bob Cousy? He was a good player who helped bring the championship they craved. Just say thanks and wish him a nice life. Betrayal? Gimme a break.

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April 13, 2013  11:39 AM ET
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Besides, he was on the team for four years. This isn't Montana exiting SF under unhappy circumstances. He was a 12 year vet before he even got there. Who was he to Celtic fans...Bob Cousy? He was a good player who helped bring the championship they craved. Just say thanks and wish him a nice life. Betrayal? Gimme a break.

Well said. But try talking logic to Boston fans of any sport.

April 13, 2013  11:43 AM ET

Ray Allen reminds me of that kid in school who you thought was your friend, but when the popular guys came over, he suddenly pretended not to know you.

April 13, 2013  11:44 AM ET
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Ray Ray wanted to play and the Celtics were slowly replacing him. So Ray went to Miami. Not a big deal.

Exactly.



Just business.

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April 13, 2013  12:44 PM ET

Pierce is mad because he now understands how Lebron felt.

Pierce is trapped on a team that will never advance beyond the Heat.

Lebron felt like that vs the C's when they built their super team. But now the tables have turned, and Ray was smart enough to see the train coming and he got on board.

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April 13, 2013  01:05 PM ET
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I told you all.....Ray is a prick

Funny. Just goes to show "each to his own" My take was more like "What a Petty Prick Paul Pierce is.

April 13, 2013  01:24 PM ET
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You're looking at it from the wrong perspective-although its true he isn't a 'lifer' celtic-the bottom line is him, pp & KG were tight.ainge and doc drove him out....no question....but the bottom line is you don't go to your BUDDIES biggest rivalperiod...under no circumstanceyes- it affords him the best chance to win-but who cares if your the #4 guy?its not that he left-its that he went to his former teammates/buddies/comrades biggest rival- its just a prick move

WIth all due respect, thats not the wrong perspective...did they stick up for him when he was being marginalized? Dude is a potential HOFer and for all that Rondo means today, where is the loyalty? Sure he was only there four years, but without him they don't beat the Lakers that first year.

Pierce is hurt now? They didn't want him to go to a rival team? Their biggest rival? Jonie Mitchell wrote a song about it. This was never about business. It was about no one wanting to tell Rondo to shut the heck up and respect your elders. This was about Ainge totally disrespecting one of the best shooters of all time (shopping him around constantly) and the final piece of the puzzle for their championship. This was about no one looking out for the reason the Celtics have been able to compete (tremendous outside shooting). This is about Ainge going 3 for 30 (Rivers as coach, and the big three off-season) since he got there and whiffing on everything else. The Celtics are screwed now, and it's pretty clear that he was more important than they thought...

but it's all Jesus Shuttlesworth's fault? Please...

April 13, 2013  04:15 PM ET
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...but the bottom line is you don't go to your BUDDIES biggest rival period...

I would gently correct your use of the word "rival". Most hated foe, perhaps, but the days of the Celtics "rivaling" the Heat are O.V.E.R. In the West, this team is a 10 seed, and once the rest of the Old Three pack it in, Celtics fans can get all excited about the Fab Melo era I guess. This team is toast for the next few years, so lets please not insinuate that the Celtics rival the Heat for anything other than hearts and minds for the foreseeable future.

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April 13, 2013  04:54 PM ET

Pierce just get over it

April 13, 2013  07:33 PM ET

Maybe he did not like living in Sodom?

 
April 15, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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You're looking at it from the wrong perspective-although its true he isn't a 'lifer' celtic-the bottom line is him, pp & KG were tight.ainge and doc drove him out....no question....but the bottom line is you don't go to your BUDDIES biggest rivalperiod...under no circumstanceyes- it affords him the best chance to win-but who cares if your the #4 guy?its not that he left-its that he went to his former teammates/buddies/comrades biggest rival- its just a prick move

Kind of Like how the Yankees scooped up traitors in Youkilis and Damon ? Would that make them a " punk" franchise ? .... The Celtics organization made it very clear to Ray that they did not value him , so He did what he needed to do . Everyone can say whatever of him being a punk , But KG and P.P are the real punks crying like little **** over what happened close to a year ago , Get over it dude . If they wanted him they should of done more to keep him.

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