If you didn’t know, the three-point god of the NBA and the Boston Celtics, Ray Allen, recently left Boston to join the ranks of the infamous Miami Heat. I know, I’m upset too. But never fear, we have a superstar Boston team in the making!
First, let’s talk about the upset of Allen going to the arch-enemy of the East for the Celtics. Has Boston totally disowned Allen for this move? Maybe, but maybe not. Allen made this move for himself and did what he wanted to do. My take is that he didn’t get more money, but he thinks he has a better chance of winning more titles. That’s what every player wants, rings. Unlike, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen has not always been on the Celtics, it’s not his original team. On the other hand, he owes a big part of his career to Boston. The king of threes and Boston fans are some of the best and they love Allen. He has helped us immensely throughout the years, helping lead us to the championship in 2008. The Celtics have made it close to winning other championships, but fell short. Allen was probably sick of this and clearly ready to just move on and win.
Secondly, the “Big Three Era” (Pierce, Allen and Garnett) is over, but a new one has risen adding Rondo and subtracting Allen. The Celtics had a roller coaster of a season and the playoffs made it clear that they are not getting any younger. Would the Celtics have done as well keeping all of the “older” players on? I think they hit a plateau and it was time for a change. Please, don’t get me wrong, I love Ray Allen and I think he is fantastic. I also do not think he is a good fit for Miami, but their way of playing is not like his. Allen is sophisticated while the Heat are not, they just play and play rough. We’ll see how he does in Miami. Bringing in the younger players from the draft, Fab Melo, Jared Sullinger and Kris Joseph is definitely a positive move. Their problem all year was that the team was getting too tired. Honestly, “refreshing” the team may have been the best way to go.
Thirdly, I would just like to comment on the drama of the NBA. How much money do you think this “un-loyal” story will make in the long run? Probably a lot. Boston boy goes to South Beach. Hmm…and when game time comes around to play each other, views will skyrocket for sure. Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra are two of the biggest drama makers in the NBA. And…did you know Ray Allen will be number 34. “Let’s just stir up as much trouble as possible” is all that I see them saying. I wonder what Paul Pierce and the rest of the Celtics are thinking about all of this? I would love to know because all of this is ridiculous. It just keeps getting more ridiculous.
The Celtics will live on without Allen and will win. They have the capability of being great. They have Jason Terry now, which should be good. Goodbye and good luck, Ray-Ray. Boston will miss you, well some of us will, and green looks better on you.
Pierce Arrow Assistant Editor-In-Chief