The NBA season has yet to start, and already Ray Allen's duplicitous complex has become tiresome.
Whatever disrespect the Celtics showed their former guard by offering him twice as much money as the Miami Heat, in addition to a reported no-trade clause, is a thing of mystery. Allen simply can't get over the fact that he was a chip in a midseason deal that ended up falling apart. Allen wants to run his mouth about how terrible things ended here in Boston, where he was lauded by Celtic fans. Allen wants to portray the image that Boston surrendered the most important piece of its puzzle, despite the stark reality that he was anything but a spare corner piece that the Celtics could easily replace.
"Most of the people that were around me every day felt it was inevitable for me to go," Allen told the Florida Sun-Sentinel. "They knew I wasn't happy, not even just from my words but just from watching me play. A lot of people didn't want me to come back because the way I was playing on the floor, the way the team was playing me. That was probably the hardest thing."
Well, that's neat.
Let's be clear; this isn't about Allen going to the Miami Heat. Had he packed up and headed to Chicago, whatever ill-begotten feelings he feels the need to portray would still be a thorn flicked in the direction of Boston. After all, how dare the Celtics stray from reality and offer him twice as much as their Eastern Conference rivals. Allen is a nice player. He can shoot the ball like few others in the NBA. And ... no, that's it.
Few Celtic fans are crying over the fact that Allen flew the coop to South Beach, but Allen is portraying it in a different light, almost as if there's a special clause in his contract to drum up ratings. For a guy who wants to be perceived as one of the league's classiest guys, Allen is doing his best to taint his legacy here in Boston. Actually, legacy is going too far. Allen was simply along for the ride, traveling on the coattails of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo.
Now, he's doing the same in Miami with LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, as a spare part who delusionally thinks he's much more important that he really is, a petulant ego who clearly can't let things go.
2012-13 NBA prediction roundup:
Globe staff: Gary Washburn has the Celtics winning the NBA title over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Dan Shaughnessy, Chris Gasper, and Frank Dell'Appa all have Boston falling to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Final.
ESPN.com staff: Twenty-six pick the Heat to win it all. Eight go with the Lakers. None with the Celtics.
Sam Amico, Foxsports.com: Lakers over the Celtics in the NBA Final.
Basketball Prospectus: Predicts the Celtics to win 48.2 games, and seeded third in the East, behind Miami and Atlanta.
Yahoo! sports staff: Marc J. Spears likes the Celtics and Heat in the Eastern Conference Final, but has the Lakers taking the title.
Jeff Clark, SB Nation: Likes Boston to win it all.
Ken Berger, CBS Sports.com: "In the East? While so much changes, so much remains the same. The Heat and Celtics both catch a break because the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose is likely out until springtime as he rehabs from last season's knee injury. And while the Knicks, Nets and Sixers got better and the Pacers will have a year's more experience, does anybody really see any Eastern Conference finals combatants other than Miami and Boston? I don't. I'm just not buying that New York and Brooklyn are on that level yet, though it'll be exceedingly fun watching both of them try to be. Basketball is back in a relevant, positive way in New York City, and I'm all for that. Unfortunately for both franchises, their windows of opportunity opened before the Celtics' closed -- and just as the Heat's is threatening to be thrown wide open. So there you have it, my not-so-bold prediction of Heat-Celtics and Lakers-Thunder conference finals. Hey, I don't make the rules, I just report on them."
Bill Simmons, Grantland.com: Um, guess.
It says here: Celtics over Thunder in 7.