It’s been a never-ending storyline this offseason, but after the latest barrage of Ray Allen comments, via a terrific Jackie MacMullan piece on ESPNBoston earlier this week, Doc Rivers joined Felger & Mazz: on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, to respond to a number of claims by Ray, including a claim that Doc did not try to call him this offseason. Hopefully, the start of the regular season Tuesday night will put an end to this kind of talk, but for now it’s interesting to get Doc’s candid reaction to all of Ray’s talking.
Did he try to call him? “I tried to call him. After the year we talked fine. Then when free agency started Ray didn’t return Danny’s calls or my calls, so I stopped trying,” said Rivers. “If you’ve been here for five years and I have to call you every 10 seconds in free agency, you probably don’t want to be here.”
Did he notice Ray’s hurt feelings during the season? “You worry about a guy’s feelings, but you worry more about the team. If anything, Ray probably didn’t like that,” he said of his decision to start Bradley. “I’ll always look at myself first with Ray; he wanted to ball more and things like that. I tell my guys every year, if you’re here for me to run stuff for you to look good, you’re in the wrong place. If you’re here for me to run stuff to make the team look good, you’re in the right place.”
“Ray was great for us, and I won’t go away from that,” Rivers added. “Why it ended the way it ended, I really don’t know. I think it was ego than anything else. I do think it’s easier for players to go somewhere else and play a backup role than the place they were a star at.”
“The other stuff, the bad relationships and all of that, I didn’t think that existed,” said Doc. “Rondo and Ray had their days, but so did anybody. That’s part of being a family and a team. I never thought it was to a point during the season Ray would leave.”
On Ray’s attitude this offseason: “I don’t know if I’m surprised or disappointed, your choice, Ray was great here. He made the choice to leave, and that’s where he should leave it and we should leave.”