The Celtics and Heat might not be rivals anymore, but Brooklyn is now on the radar. Why? Because Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett switched green for black. And LeBron James and Dwyane Wade pointed out (and created) an interesting storyline, remembering when teammate Ray Allen left the C’s for the Heat… and got criticized for it.
Garnett and Pierce left the Celtics for a title run chance with the Nets.
“The first thing that I thought was like, `Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston and now these guys are leaving Boston,” James said. “I think it’s OK. I don’t mind it, but there was a couple guys that basically [criticized] Ray for leaving and everybody else is leaving.
Wade has played with the Heat for his entire career, but remembers the drama LeBron and Allen dealt with when switching teams.
“The biggest thing is Ray is happy here. If they’re happy in Brooklyn, I’m going to be happy. We all know how it works. People say things about people when they decide to do something but then people do the same thing. It’s about putting yourself in the best situation. It’s about doing what’s best for your family.”
Both quotes via the Miami Herald.
Last year, Garnett told reporters he had lost Allen’s cell phone number and ignored him when Allen approached the Celtics bench during a regular season game.
While I can see the point of James and Wade, these circumstances are slightly different. For one, the Celtics decided to go into rebuild mode this season (even if they won’t admit it) and Pierce and Garnett found the best circumstance available (even going to the Clippers with Doc was considered an option).
Allen left when he was a free agent, when the Celtics were gearing up for one more run. Even if Boston had no shot at winning a title, that is the difference. Does that make anyone right or wrong? I don’t know. Allen was a free agent and had every right to leave. Maybe he felt more wanted in Miami. Like Wade said “It’s about putting yourself in the best situation.”
The Heat and Nets play Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on TNT in Brooklyn.