When it comes to the area of media relations Ray Allen has been known as one of the most political players in the NBA.
Given Allen’s history of not showing much emotion to the media few expected him to start opening up about why he left more money on the table with the Boston Celtics to join the Miami Heat. That surprisingly changed as he sat down to do one-on-one interviews with The Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the Palm Beach Post on October 18.
In those interviews Allen stated that he felt the Celtics didn’t respect him as a player in his last two years in Boston. The reason for him feeling disrespected was not due to head coach Doc Rivers benching him to start Avery Bradley according to Allen. Rather it was him feeling that he was being used mainly as a decoy instead of a shooter. To Allen the message that the Celtics were sending to him is that he was old.
When the Celtics offered Allen $12 million to stay in Boston he viewed it as an empty gesture, especially due to the team signing Jason Terry before offering him that deal.
Allen also revealed in the interviews what he thought was the starting point of the fracture between him and Rajon Rondo. According to Allen, in 2009 the Celtics wanted to trade him and Rondo to the Phoenix Suns for Amar’e Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa, and a first round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. The reason for Rondo being part of the deal was due to him not getting along with Rivers. Allen stated that when he relayed the news to Rondo he took the news as Allen being against him.
With the Heat playing the Celtics on Opening Night, these revelations by Allen have made the game a lot more interesting.