Remembering that Ray Allen Sacrificed To Win in South Beach

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When Ray Allen decided to take his talents to South Beach, he personified the statement, “If you can’t beat em, join em!”

Micky Arison, who wasn’t even in the country at the time,couldn’t wait to get the story out and tweeted before any official reports were released to the media.

Allen reportedly “feuded” with Rajon Rondo and couldn’t have been happy about Avery Bradley taking over the 2-guard spot in the Celtics’ starting lineup.

Not only did Ray Allen sacrifice money when he signed for the mid-level exception of $3 million (which could reach a maximum of $9.5 million over three years — still less than the $12 million over two years that Boston offered him) but he sacrificed minutes and scoring too. Allen has been averaging 25 minutes per game this season, which is considerably lower than his 36.2 minutes per game career average. During the regular season, he averaged 10.9 points per game, only about  half his 19.4 career average.

But let’s not feel too sorry for Ray — he is, after all, arguably the best shooter we will ever see (though Steph Curry might have something to say about that).  At this point in his first-ballot Hall-of-Fame career, it’s all about the rings — and if you want a ring, South Beach is the place to be.

Allen joined a much younger, more talented Miami team, led by the best basketball player on the planet, LeBron James.  Allen traded his Celtics green for some Heat reds last July, and seemingly at the right time too, as the Celtics appear to be approaching the end to an era (Garnett and Pierce should be picking up their AARP membership cards any minute now).

Ray Allen’s catching fire at the right time — playoff time.  Against the Bucks he averaged 16.5 points per game in only 29 minutes of play and passed Reggie Miller’s NBA playoff three point record.  Here’s to one of the best professionals in the NBA — let’s hope he can get his second championship ring this year.

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