It was never about money. The Celtics offered Ray Allen a two-year deal worth $12 million. Miami offered him what they could, which was only $9 million over three years. If Allen wanted to make as much cash as he could before ending his NBA career, he would still be wearing green. Instead, he has decided to sleep with the enemy. The feeling of betrayal Boston fans are coping with has inspired them to come up with nicknames like “Judas Shuttlesworth” and “Benedict Allen.” Despite those hard feelings, Allen says he will always be a Celtic.
“Forever, I’ll always be a Celtic,” he told the Boston media on Wednesday according to the Boston Herald. “Boston has so many great fans who were pivotal in being part of homecourt advantage, that that’s what I look forward to. People, if they don’t like me, doesn’t change who I am. My character isn’t going to change. I’m the same person. It’s unfortunate, but I can’t do anything about it.”
Doc Rivers made it clear that he does not agree with Allen’s decision for leaving Boston, and the Celtics coach may be right that Ray’s feelings were hurt by the team’s commitment to bringing back Kevin Garnett when the offseason began. Allen is a year older than K.G., but he felt as though the lengths of their contract offers should have been the same.