HoopsHype Ray Allen rumors

December 8, 2013 Updates

“The Ray/Paul/Kevin thing will be fixed,” Rivers told the Herald of his new lease on life after the Clippers finished their morning shootaround yesterday in Cleveland. “You forgive. Ray had to make a decision for himself. I was upset about it at the time, but he did so many good things for our team. So it will be fixed. If I have to get involved in it myself, I will, though I hope not.” Boston Herald

November 17, 2013 Updates

While Rivers coerced a trade for his rights, Garnett and Pierce had their destination decided by the Celtics. Of course, Garnett had a no-trade clause he had to forgo. And Pierce could have offered pushback without a desired, contending destination. "That’s why," Allen said, "when I did it, I was disappointed that I was criticized, because those guys know what it takes when you have to make a decision for your families. But I understood. It wasn't like I didn't understand. You gotta do what you gotta do. When guys sign contracts for more money, less money, you move to another team, you had to make the decision that you thought was best for yourself." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

November 10, 2013 Updates

At this stage, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have made like the last Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima, refusing to give up the war. That’s how the two former Celtics continue to regard their former teammate and current Heat guard, Ray Allen. “They haven’t spoken to me,” Allen said before last night’s game against what remained of his former team. Allen played 24 minutes and had five points with three assists as the Celtics stunned the defending champion Heat, 111-110. Allen admittedly is hurt, because he doesn’t understand the difference between their trade out of Boston last summer and his decision to leave two years ago. Deep down, Allen believes Pierce and Garnett determined their own fate. Boston Herald

“For them to be so upset with me is disappointing because of how everything happened,” Allen said. “That banner in 2008 is still going to be there, and we’re still going to be tied to it. “Look, I have a feeling they were in the same predicament I was in this summer. Even with Doc (Rivers), he had to make a decision that was best for himself. I was in the same situation. I’m happy they were put into the same situation as I was. Anytime you get traded there’s no telling where you could end up. They’re in a situation now where they can contend. Kevin had to make that decision, and that was the predicament I was in.” Boston Herald

Allen laughed when asked if Rivers, whose Clippers lost to the Heat last week, has reached out. Rivers, like Garnett and Pierce, was also critical of Allen’s move. “Doc talked to me like I was still on his team,” Allen said. “I got heavily criticized by each one of them the minute I left. They were upset. But the writing was on the wall for us. (Celtics management) was saying, ‘Hey, we’re moving in a different direction.’ And each one of us had to make that choice. Where can we go to be successful and continue to play good basketball.” Boston Herald

October 28, 2013 Updates

Me: You made a point that while the guys who were traded from Boston to Brooklyn haven't gotten any heat -- no pun -- Ray Allen did for leaving the Celtics last year for Miami. The two situations are obviously different, but what did you mean? LBJ: I think at the end of the day, no matter who are, if you come to the Heat, you're going to get heat. No pun intended, it's just how it is. You can go play for any other team, any other organization in the world, but if you come to the Heat, you're going to hear it. But at the end of the day, I think what people have to understand is, players have to do what's best for their career, and have to do what's best for their families. Definitely, it's a tough situation at times, especially when you look at Paul (Pierce), who spent his whole career in Boston. And KG, he was able to come there in '08 and kind of change the tradition again, bringing it back to a championship level. But at the end of the day, you have to do what's best for you, and your career. And those guys made that choice, and Doc (Rivers) made that choice, and other guys in our league, and other leagues. Nobody didn't ever think Peyton Manning wouldn't wear a Colts jersey, and he's in Denver. And both sides are excited about the future. So you can't put too much into it. I know there's emotions that go with guys leaving or staying. But for me, I know. I'm the No. 1 guy when it comes to talking about leaving. So I know exactly what comes with it as far as on the court and off the court, and how people are going to view you, and how you're going to be comfortable being in a new place. I think Ray did a good job of doing what was best for him. I don't know the situation with Doc, KG, Paul, and the rest of those guys, but I believe they did the same thing, what was best for them. And I think that's what it comes down to. NBA.com

October 23, 2013 Updates

"You take for granted what you've done there in the great times, or even the bad times," former Celtic Ray Allen told CBSSports.com this past week. It was Allen who was the first to go in this inevitable remaking of the Celtics, jumping to rival Miami as a free agent in 2012 and winning his second championship. "You want to go back and see old friends, old teammates," Allen said. "As much as you -- not regret -- but as much as you look at every other game on the schedule and think about this game and think it's a poignant part of the season, it's almost a great time for a conclusion. You get to see everybody and move on and then you can start focusing on what you can do for your team." CBSSports.com

October 19, 2013 Updates

Garnett then delivered a stern postgame message to James by telling the Heat star to mind his own business after James commented about how Ray Allen was criticized for leaving Boston when discussing the trade that sent Garnett, Pierce and Jason Terry to Brooklyn earlier this week. "He's entitled to his own opinion," Terry said about James on Friday, "which we don't care about." ESPN.com

October 18, 2013 Updates

Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Garnett thinks Miami Heat star LeBron James should concern himself with his own team. "Tell LeBron to worry about Miami. It has nothing to do with Celtic business," Garnett said in response to James, who previously expressed thoughts that KG and Nets small forward Paul Pierce should apologize for criticizing Heat sharpshooter Ray Allen for leaving the Boston Celtics before they departed for Brooklyn. ESPN.com

October 10, 2013 Updates

Ethan J. Skolnick: Roger Mason Jr says Ray Allen was instrumental in convincing him to take shot w Heat. Spoke for 45 minutes when he was considering Chicago. Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

October 4, 2013 Updates

A few days after the Finals, Allen began the “paleo” diet, removing all carbohydrates and sugars from his diet. Before he even began his famously rigorous offseason training, Allen had dropped 10 pounds. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wasn’t exaggerating at the beginning of training camp when he said Allen reinvented himself in the offseason. At 38 years old and with 17 years in the league, Allen worked himself down to 197 pounds, which is the lightest he has been since his days starring at the University of Connecticut. “The first three or four days, it was a task because I was getting headaches, my body felt like achy, but I just started living on salads and fruit and protein and salmon and chicken and I didn’t have soda, any Gatorade,” Allen said. “I had unsweetened iced tea and water and that’s it.” Miami Herald

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wasn’t exaggerating at the beginning of training camp when he said Allen reinvented himself in the offseason. At 38 years old and with 17 years in the league, Allen worked himself down to 197 pounds, which is the lightest he has been since his days starring at the University of Connecticut. “The first three or four days, it was a task because I was getting headaches, my body felt like achy, but I just started living on salads and fruit and protein and salmon and chicken and I didn’t have soda, any Gatorade,” Allen said. “I had unsweetened iced tea and water and that’s it.” The result has been on display this week in a ballroom at a convention center at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort. Spoelstra noted Thursday how fast Allen has been zipping through camp. Many of the Heat’s players dropped weight this offseason, but Allen took the suggestion made by Pat Riley to the extreme. Miami Herald

September 26, 2013 Updates

Barry and others feel that Allen took three steps, one more than allotted, before shooting the ball. Looking at it frame-by-frame, indeed there is some gray area there. Under league rules, a player is permitted two steps after the “gather.” The subjective issue is the gather. Allen was moving backward and it appears when his hand first touched Bosh’s pass, Allen had a foot on the ground. However, under the officials’ judgment, Allen did not have possession and had not completed the “gather” when that occurred. ESPN.com

For what it’s worth, Kurt Helin pointed this out in our original post on the subject, and ended up seeing it the same way the referees did. The NBA rule on traveling was described by the league this way: A player who receives the ball while moving is allowed a two count rhythm but must release the ball prior to the third step touching the floor. Does Allen take a third step? Looking at the replay I don’t think so. The NBA allows a “gather” and two steps and Allen is well within that. NBCSports.com

September 23, 2013 Updates

After 17 years in the NBA, a career that is certain to land him in the Hall of Fame, Ray Allen is still careful not to drop the ball. "I cringe," Allen said, "just cringe during practice when one of the coaches is giving instructions and one of the players starts bouncing the ball. Coach Calhoun would put us out on the line [for extra running], and I'd cringe. That's still in me; if the coach is talking, I make sure the ball doesn't fall." In the NBA, Allen said, coaches don't run as "tight a ship, but in college we craved the discipline." It's the discipline that comes, Calhoun explained, as he has so many times, from tough love, the desire to make players better. And the number of players who have forged NBA careers, many of whom returned to Gampel Pavilion on Sunday night to honor Calhoun, gives testimony to how well he succeeded. Hartford Courant

September 18, 2013 Updates
September 10, 2013 Updates

A new season for the Heat starts when training camp opens in about three weeks. But for Allen, that moment from three months ago still has not lost any of its shine. "You can never smite glory," Allen said. "It's something that you always will be associated with when you're winning." That shot against the Spurs stands out from all the others Allen has made. Oklahoman

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