Recently LeBron James had some harsh comments for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. What happened was that when Ray Allen left the Celtics for the Heat he was criticized by KG and The Truth for leaving the team. Now that they’ve left King James thinks its a little hypocritical.
“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,’” James said. “I think it’s OK; I didn’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving.
“That’s the nature of our business, man. I don’t know what Boston was going through at the end of the day. I know Ray had to make the best decision for him and his family and his career. Doc [Rivers, former Celtics coach], KG and Paul did that as well. You can’t criticize someone who does something that’s best for their family.
“I can relate to that — you think so? I’m the No. 1 relater,” James added. “I’ve been through it all. I know all about it.”
However, when asked about the comment after Thursday night’s Nets win over the Heat both KG and Pierce didn’t want to hear that criticism.
“Tell LeBron to worry about Miami,” Garnett said. “He has nothing to do with Celtic business. Next question.”
Pierce seemed offended at the idea that it was he who left Boston instead of the reality that Boston traded him to Brooklyn.
“I left Boston?” an upset Pierce asked.
There is an obvious difference between Allen’s situation and the Pierce/KG situation and that being that, well one — they were traded, and two — the team is in a full rebuilding mode. Sure, KG could have vetoed the deal, but the team was clearly in rebuilding mode after Doc Rivers left and him vetoing a deal would have only set them back. Pierce, of course, could not have vetoed the deal and was quite vocal about the fact that he wanted to retire a Celtic.
Meanwhile, Allen left on his own accord, via free agency, while the team was still a contender. He also took less money.
Either way, LeBron is somewhat right, it’s hard to criticize a guy for doing what he thought was best for him and his family. Everyone is different. Somehow I can’t help but feel that LeBron is still a little sensitive about criticism for leaving a team.