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Doc Rivers Gets Candid on Ray Allen’s Latest Comments, Departure from Boston

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.”

  • TheSchnell

    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 – Couldn't explain it better, and the reason I'm a Doc Rivers fan :)

  • Federico

    I love how the trend in the nba is extreme professionalism, avoiding compromising questions and generally trying not to say something that someone could not like, but all the celtics leaders are showing some hostility here. keeping it true!

  • Omer

    I love it!!
    I think the only reason ray is saying all that, is to spice up the game opener a lil bit! And he realizes that his BIG DECISION didn’t hurt Boston at all, rather we got stronger. So he’s just mad lol

    • Phil

      I doubt Ray has much motivation to add hype to a season opener, he's pretty much been there and done everything at this point. He didn't go to Miami to make headlines and win regular season games.

      I'm sure he was legitimately hurt by the way things unfolded in Boston last year. Its easy for me and you to sit back and say 'get over it, do what's best for the team', but its not that easy when you've been the man for your entire life. Between the trade rumors and playing behind a completely unproven player, its easy to see why he felt the way he did. Doc's statement about it being easier to be a backup in a new situation is very interesting to me, because Ray's not going to Miami to be a focal point. Will he be able to accept the 'stand in a corner and shoot when Lebron gives you the ball' role?

  • IRA

    Ray, you were a fantastic Celtic, now that you've decidied to go South; try and fit in with the Heat & humidity elements. Good luck, but please shut-up, and let's play some basketball on Tuesday night!

  • James Patrick

    WOW Ray is such a cry baby. More and more I'm happy he's gone. Maybe he's realizing how crappy it's gonna be coming off the bench and being part of their supporting cast. lol

  • chlensi

    as i said before many times
    Celtics sucks and always will
    Rivers is horrible coach

    • someguyinsac

      You're being a troll here, so what else would you say?

      • chlensi

        Rivers was coach at Orlando with T-mack when they lost to Detroit
        what exactly Rivers won except for rigged 2008 finals ?

        • CelticsBIG3

          This is the same idiot that posted as "kobe goes for 6" who has the tremendous grasp on the english language. Impressive again.

  • Switcharoo

    So Chlensi who do you thin is a better coach? Just curious. Also, why come to a Celtic fan site and say that kind of stuff other than to be a troll; are you just looking for a fight?

    • VALngJERU

      that troll just wanted some attention though its highly doubtful he'll do that in real life coz i could smack the fun outa him lmao

  • CelticsBIG3

    Hurricane Sandy better not take out my power. I NEED to see this game Tuesday night.

    • emg

      This is an important issue. I'm in New York and don't own a TV. Bars will be closed even if power is working. Is there a way to see this online?
      Does anyone have advice?

      • CLee

        pretty simple really just stream it. google first row sports or atdhe

      • janos

        hi EMC

        are you have league PASS watch computer ;gamessystems? if not below one is work too ATDHE.net for games all sport tv to

        • emg

          Thank you both

  • Bom artigo.

  • janos

    Why are still talk this guy? I am ready see preview team , all team, too?

    Please for all fan NBA celtics, other team BE SAFE this week OK go celtics

  • Tos

    Delonte waived by Dallas… Could we see yet another addition to our crew?

  • Morpheus

    The more Ray talks shit the more he looks like a bitch. Seriously, Ray, stfu.

  • Morpheus

    Oh yeah let’s sign another guard, we need them. Danny ain’t no Kahn.

  • CG12

    I agree with what seems to be the emerging consensus – Ray had pretty much already decided to leave, and the C's didn't make the all-out effort they would have needed to make him consider staying. And they knew that that almost surely meant Ray would indeed leave. As a number of people have noticed, it will be much easier for Ray to slide into a reserve role on a new team. That way it isn't a demotion or a dis, as it was and would be on the Celts.

  • Tiffany

    I ain’t going to lie I hated seeing ray on the heat tonight he did his thing scored 19 points and showed some love to the C’s. So I respect him even more for that. But the nba has no loyalty. Im gald he’s all healed and he’s doing his thing already. But damn ray Allen the celtics don’t even feel the same without you. Great game tho . “Celticforlife????”

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