Ray Allen makes Boston Celtics’ hate list
While both sides have tried to keep their keep their dissatisfaction with each other in check with the boundaries of professionalism, Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett let his sentiments do the as team headed into its first official practice on Friday.
"I don't have Ray's number anymore," stated Kevin Garnett. "I'm not trying to communicate. I'm just being honest with everybody in here. ... It's just what it is."
Kevin Garnett later downplayed Ray Allen’s move to Miami Heat, insisting that he made a personal choice in ceasing all communications with the shooting guard.
I’m very close to Ray, I know his family, I wish nothing but the best for him and his family,” Kevin Garnett added. “I just made the choice to move on. That’s all."
However, Ray Allen didn’t approach Kevin Garnett’s remarks with blaring guns and instead quipped in a humorous response to the whole situation.
“That’s a shame,” said Ray Allen. “I’m a good person to talk to on the phone.”
“I’ve been around long enough to know that when you speak, sometimes what you say, I don’t know how many miles apart we are,” continued Ray Allen, “sometimes the translation gets mixed up…Even if I was still there, I probably wouldn't have talked to him much (this summer).”
Nevertheless, it is easy to see where all of Kevin Garnett’s frustration arises from. For starters, Ray Allen had been the focal point of Kevin Garnett’s joining the team and they’ve been a formidable challenge for opponents as part of Boston Celtics’ Big Three.
Even during the summers, Kevin Garnett has fiercely lobbied for Ray Allen to remain with the Boston Celtic, but the shooting guard still decided to part ways with his 2008-2009 championship team and the teammate with whom he won the title.
Ray Allen agreed on an over 6 million contract that will see him through with the 2011 NBA Champions Miami Heat till the 2014 season. The Boston Celtics were reportedly offering Ray Allen twice as much but the shooting guard had sprouted differences on certain issues with the team executive management.
“I've been in weird trade situations the last few years,” acknowledged Ray Allen. “You always felt you had one foot in and one foot out, so I can't worry about it."
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers recently admitted that he was responsible for Ray Allen’s decision to move away to South Beach. Moreover, for the past two seasons Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge had been cast in trade talks regarding Ray Allen.
And despite the initial awkwardness, Ray Allen is gradually getting cozy with the Miami Heat.
I'm on another team,” said Ray Allen, “and that's my focus right now."
Teammate Dwayne Wade’s also got Ray Allen’s back.
"(Garnett) doesn't need to be talking to our team anyway, so it's all good," stated Dwayne Wade. "(Allen) doesn't look too bad in a Heat uniform... I'm getting used to it."