For those of you wondering how life is treating Ray Allen down in sunny Miami, here’s last night’s game recap from the Miami Herald:
WORST OF LAST NIGHT: Ray Allen off his game
Allen went 3 of 11 from the field and 1 of 5 from three-point range. He had seven points in 22 minutes. Maybe it was just an off night; maybe Allen is still adjusting to coming off the bench. Allen was first player off the bench and was paired with two other guards on the court, Wade and Norris Cole. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra went with the same rotation pattern in the third quarter. It’s clear the Heat is still getting used to having Allen on the team. They don’t exactly seem to know what to do with him yet. The signature single- and double-screens Boston ran for Allen haven’t been completely integrated yet by the Heat.
I’m not harping on Ray’s poor shooting, because off-nights happen, especially in the preseason. I am slightly confused with the integration, because I thought that was going to be seamless. Ray Allen would stand on the perimeter and waits for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to drive, collapse the defense and kick the ball out to him for an open trey. An 8th grade intramurals coach could design such plays. What’s the problem? [insert snickering laughter]
While we’re on the subject of Ra Allen, it seems that he’s revising history a bit, especially the part about Boston’s contract offer.
When this contract situation came down, everybody in my circle — mom, family, brother, sister, friends from college, people who watched me since I was in high school and since I was in college — nobody wanted me to resign in that situation because they thought, ‘There [is] so much left in you and this team isn’t taking care of you or treating you right.’ That’s the way I felt and it was like, if you are going to come and not put out a good contract on the table then, hey, we gotta think about going somewhere else.”
Liar, liar, pants on fire.
Ray signed in Miami for 3 years, $9.5 million. The Celtics offered 2 years, $12 million. Ray would have been a bench player on both teams.
Stop with the bad contract talk, Ray. Your departure was about ego.