There was some controversy kicked up recently when LeBron James called Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce hypocrites for leaving the Boston Celtics after they criticized Ray Allen for doing the same thing a year ago.
When questioned about it, Pierce pointed out that he didn’t leave Boston, but was traded. Garnett told James to stay out of Celtic business. For the first time since that whole thing, Allen responded.
“(KG and Pierce) haven’t spoken to me,” Allen told Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.
“For them to be so upset with me is disappointing because of how everything happened,” Allen he would go on to say. “That banner in 2008 is still going to be there, and we’re still going to be tied to it.
“Look, I have a feeling they were in the same predicament I was in this summer. Even with Doc (Rivers), he had to make a decision that was best for himself. I was in the same situation. I’m happy they were put into the same situation as I was. Anytime you get traded there’s no telling where you could end up. They’re in a situation now where they can contend. Kevin had to make that decision, and that was the predicament I was in.”
“Doc talked to me like I was still on his team,” Allen said. “I got heavily criticized by each one of them the minute I left. They were upset. But the writing was on the wall for us. (Celtics management) was saying, ‘Hey, we’re moving in a different direction.’ And each one of us had to make that choice. Where can we go to be successful and continue to play good basketball.”
“There’s a difference between perception and reality,” he continued. “I don’t think anybody wants to go. None of us wanted to go.”
Allen ended up taking less money to go play for Miami. Meanwhile, the Celtics were considering waiving Pierce before the trade which would have cost him $10 million. Garnett was considering retirement instead, but Pierce talked him into waiving his no trade clause instead.