Post-game Reactions

Paul Pierce did not play in Miami last night, but that did not stop Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald from getting The Truth to open up about Ray Allen before what could have been the final head-to-head matchup this season between the ex-teammates. In what is a terrific piece by Murph, we get some compelling quotes from both Pierce and Allen after a year apart.

“One day when it’s all said and done, I’m sure we’ll talk about it off to the side,” Pierce said when asked if he was capable of forgiving Allen for joining the Celtics’ bitterest conference rival. “But not right now.”

Pierce has this much in common with Celtics fans. He still can’t conceive of Allen’s decision.

“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.”

Allen, told of Pierce’s comments last night, quietly nodded.

“I miss playing with Paul, and being his teammate,” he said. “There’s a lot of sentimentality from me being there and walking with those guys. That doesn’t change. I wouldn’t take that away from him. I respect him feeling that way. Those feelings are justified. I’m not on his team anymore, I’m not helping them win.

“His feelings are hurt, but he knows, he understands. He and I can look at each other and exchange a glance, because he knows what I had to do. He knows.”

Fair points by both guys. Pierce really sums it up well though later in the piece, for why many C’s fans felt burned when Allen jumped ship to the Heat with this quote.

Pierce first talked about understanding why Allen left.

“I was a little upset,” Pierce said. “I had a feeling that Ray probably wouldn’t come back, just from how things were between him and the organization.

Then comes to the kicker….

“But I didn’t think he would go there,” he said, referring to Miami. “I thought he might go someplace like the Clippers. None of that would have surprised me. But it really surprised me that he would go there.”

There’s really no need to rehash it anymore than that. Allen had every right in the world to leave. He did his job here and did it well. He was used as trade bait far too much. His grievances were valid on several fronts.

The fact is, Ray’s teammates probably understood why he left, something any Celtics fan could universally accept as his choice. It’s the fact he went to Miami, the enemy, for half the money. That still stings someone who prides himself on loyalty as much as Pierce does.

Now, we wait for a playoff showdown that may or may not come. Here’s hoping it does.

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Brian Robb co-founded CelticsHub in 2009 and is the currently editor-in-chief. He is a producer and reporter at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also contributes to Boston.com and Bleacher Report among other outlets.
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  • a fan

    I fully understand why Ray left, but it's true i will never understand why he betrayed his friends to join the heat. He grew up with KG and Paul, leaving them to go to Heat is bad. He should of had the decency to at least have gone to the Clippers. If I were Paul it must have meant he hated all of you guys all along, to break yours hearts like that. Ray Allen used to have class.

  • T. Quinton Smith

    Ray made a point and that point was the organization disrespected him by trying to trade him so many times. Now Ray has a son that is very ill and wanted stability for his son. Danny gave him no assurances and Ray left. Now Ray taking half the money and joining the enemy was to show Danny how hurt he felt being constantly offered at the teams whim. So If you keep trying to trade me no problem ill go.

    This is Danny's fault in the way he handled this trading of players. Red did the same thing back in the day but Red was not so public in the way it was done.

    • HaHe

      Right on! Why NOT Heat? Why could not Ray go to the Heat? Yeah right, the Cs fans' feelings were hurt, well screw your feelings. What about Ray's feelings? He had the right to pick any team he wanted to go to, just not the Cs. "we wait for a playoff showdown", scary, NOT! The Tiger is still the Tiger, but with long teeth. It will get a bad beat down by the hunters and Ray is one of them. Cs fans are in denial and hallucinating the team will beat whatever their opponents they face, sorry to wake you up: the Cs is the weakest playoff team in the east, it may manage to come out the first round because of KG's heart and PP's craftiness, but that's about it. It's not 2008 and 2009 anymore, especially without Ray's shooting to space the floor.

    • marko

      Ray has probably made hundreds of millions in his career, so he could have played for free and it
      wouldn't have effected him one bit.

    • I definitely agree with you Quinton! I respect Ray for what he did. I'll do the same too if someone's trying to trade me!

  • High Rollers

    The thing that bothers me about Ray is how he acts like guys like Paul and KG are the ones who dealt with the situation in an emotional, sentimental manner. For all the valid reasons Ray left, he did a 180 to being ice cold businessman only after he felt tuned out and under appreciated. So, he's frontin', and that's irritating.

  • james patrick

    I'm still mad that any Celtic fan would applaud benedict allen when he returned to the Garden. he's the enemy. it really hurt that he joined the heat. the clippers? i could forgive that. I TOTALLY see Paul's Laker example. Honor Ray when he's retired. but right now, I got nothing but hate for that guy.