When Ray Allen left the Boston Celtics to sign with the Miami Heat for the 2012-13 season, the sharpshooter caught a lot of flack from fans. It was the prototypical ring chasing, coat tailing move that so many seem to find issue with.
Current teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have no problem with Ray’s decision (or anybody else that follows suit, wherever they may play) but they do wonder why Allen caught so much grief while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who all but forced a trade to the Brooklyn Nets aren’t catching the same criticism:
“The first thing that I thought was like, `Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston and now these guys are leaving Boston,’ ” James told reporters after practice. “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.”
Garnett of course famously said that he deleted Allen’s number after he signed with the Heat while Jason Terry, who also joined Pierce and Garnett in Boston took a shot at Allen’s character suggesting he wasn’t ‘tough’ enough to stick through the down period in Boston.
As to the lack of criticism, it’s likely due to the fact that it was a ‘trade’, even in the loosest form of the definition, not that I agree with that reason of thinking.