Re: RAY: 63% from the field, 56% from 3... it was a WISE choice!
posted at 11/11/2012 5:01 PM EST
In response to susan250's comment:
Ray was a great addition to the Celtics the year that they won the championship. Although, I always thought that if the Celtics had acquired KG before they did, without Ray, they still could have been a championship caliber team. I was always surprised that KG stayed with Minn. He was always very loyal to his franchise, something that doesn't exist anymore. If the Celtics had added KG about 5 years before they did, they just needed another good shooter. If I remember correctly, the reaon the Celtics won the championship was because of KG and Pierce. I never thought of Ray as the difference maker. It would have been nice to see KG win a few more championships, if not with the Celtics, with some other team. Does anyone agree with me?
Paul Pierce was the biggest reason why the Celts won the 2008 title. And Ray Allen had to make the greatest sacrifice, yes. Which basically means that the Celts rode the defense, anchored by KG and Perkins, and an offense anchored by Paul Pierce. Posey was a key versatile contributor to both. Eddie House provided his moments. Ray did his part by playing decent defense and making the required offensive contributions. In the large scheme, Ray was the 3rd. most significant contributor but not by much over Posey.
I am not a Ray hater. I think that Ray made the best decision for himself as a player and not for financial reasons. I have kept quiet about the back and forth sniping that has gone on between him and the Celts. He is a good fit in Miami and he makes Miami very strong. But I also believe that Ray on the Celts would not be as effective.
Much as I remember Ray for his killer shooting, I also remember him getting abused by Wade. I remember him for his poor and scared finish of fast breaks, trying to aviod blocks from behind, poor spacing and missing the layups. Ray's great game 7 against the Lakers in 2008 must be balanced against his scared performance against Miami in 2010 and 2011. Ray is thriving in Miami as a 4th option behind LeBron, Wade and Bosh. These three are a stronger combination than KG, Pierce and Rondo. On the Celtics, Ray would not have been as effective.
So what is the problem here? I don't get it. Ray left twice the money to go to a situation where he will fit better as a player. Did Danny try to keep him? He did. Would Ray have stayed if he had a better relationship with Rondo and if he was not shopped around? No one can predict that. Why would Ray have sacrificed the chance to play on a championship team and maximize his contributions at this point in his career? Did the Celts need to explore options at 2? Absolutely. When and where will they find the solution is not yet known. But status quo was definitely not an option.
Change happens. The Celts have to search for a new identity. That is irrespective of Ray. Lets just remember Ray for his past contributions, treat him as a member of the enemy now and root for the Celts. In 2007 the Celts got Posey because of the circumstances. In 2012, Miami got Ray because of the circumstances. It time to stop bashing Danny and Rondo for this.