Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
“Sometimes you’ve got to step out and clear your path a little bit more than you would have done otherwise and just let it be known,” Allen said. “But I acquiesced so much to the point where, at some point they said, ‘Well, Ray will be all right, he’ll figure himself out or he’ll get his touches, he’ll figure it out, we don’t worry about him.’ At some point it was to my own detriment because I didn’t create enough wave of an ego to let them know you have to stand up and speak for yourself and be accounted for.”
Allen’s relationship with Rajon Rondo was strained to the point where he didn’t mention the Celtics point guard by name Wednesday. But he maintained it wasn’t the determining factor in his exit. It appeared Paul Pierce didn’t exactly recruit Allen hard, either. Allen said he primarily talked with Garnett, who told him that Ainge would “step up to the plate and do whatever you need him to do.”
As I logged on to my laptop this morning, I was praying for news about Courtney Lee or any other potential free agent. Nope. Nada. Nothing. And that is why I’m forced to blog about Ray Allen… again.
It’s interesting to hear Ray Allen admit that he was too soft spoken with management during his time in a Celtics uniform. A lot of fans on this site have labeled his behavior ‘passive aggressive’ and they are correct. My choice – fraud – is a tad stronger, but I’m still standing by it.
I’m surprised that Paul Pierce wasn’t more vocal in this process. Whether it be lobbying management (although he could have done so without our knowledge) or making a point to speak with the media during free agency.
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston – Turn the other cheek Celtics fans | CSNNE – Donny Marshall: It was a personal thing for Allen | Herald – Ray Allen always a Celtic | No drama for Green | WEEI – Glen Davis not surprised Allen left |