Was LeBron James Throwing A Jab At Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett A Good Idea?

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The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics began a bitter rivalry when the “Big 3″ was assembled. Ray Allen signing with the defending champs last season was only adding fuel to the fire. While the flame in Boston has flickered out, the rivalry lives on with a new team, the Brooklyn Nets.

After Allen departed from the Celtics, the historic franchise became a sinking ship. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry could not stop the ship from taking on water, so they abandoned it for a better venture.

Well, well, well, look who realized that the grass is greener on the other side. Don’t forget that Pierce and Garnett did not take Allen’s free agency decision lightly.

Garnett said he no longer had Allen’s phone number, Pierce acted like a teenage girl whose heart was broken, and Doc Rivers thought Allen’s ego was bigger than his bald head.

Essentially, they all fled from Boston for championship contenders and have deemed themselves hypocrites, but was it smart for LeBron James to standup for his teammate and throw a jab at these hypocrites?

“I think it’s OK; I don’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving.”

When you have won consecutive NBA championships, MVPs, Finals MVPs and numerous other accolades, you can say whatever you want. Ruffle the competition’s feathers and tell it like it is.

Pierce and Garnett do owe Allen an apology. Heck, they should send him fruit baskets, flowers and Hallmark cards. They are a couple of hypocrites who became jealous of a former teammate. Allen went on to play extremely well in South Beach and capture his second ring.

What did Pierce and Garnett do?

Rot in Boston for another season while the Celtics slowly realized they weren’t going anywhere but down. I’d say that their faces were green with envy when Allen nailed the corner jumper against the San Antonio Spurs.

It seems like everyone wants to take some type of shot at Miami, but they continue to turn the trash talk into inspiration and fire back their own warning shots.

I love the fact that James came to Allen’s defense. Not only does it show a sense of togetherness for the Heat, but it lights the flame of what should be a terrific and entertaining rivalry for David Stern and the league this season.

Trash talk off the court equals ratings while on the court and makes for good television.

Shane Phillips is a Miami Heat Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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