But there are damaged feelings. Ray broke up the band. When it came down to us or them, Ray chose them. He chose to fraternize with James and Wade, he chose to be lured by their pitch and embrace their culture. His migration to South Beach was taken personally.
“Once the game starts, I am going to look across the court and see LeBron first, Wade second, [Chris] Bosh third, then I’ll probably get to Ray,” Rivers said. “Other than that, it will be different. I’ve been in the league a long time. I’ve seen guys in a lot of different uniforms, teammates, guys I’ve coached . . . It’s part of NBA life.”
It was Rivers’s attempt to encourage all involved to move on, regardless of how awkward and avoidable this was.