"Ray was great for us, and I won’t go away from that," Rivers added. "Why it ended the way it ended, I really don’t know. I think it was ego than anything else. I do think it’s easier for players to go somewhere else and play a backup role than the place they were a star at." "The other stuff, the bad relationships and all of that, I didn’t think that existed," said Doc. "Rondo and Ray had their days, but so did anybody. That’s part of being a family and a team. I never thought it was to a point during the season Ray would leave." * On Ray’s attitude this offseason: "I don’t know if I’m surprised or disappointed, your choice, Ray was great here. He made the choice to leave, and that’s where he should leave it and we should leave."
Still, he's doing what he can to put this stuff behind him.
Asked if he was worried about his players being too consumed with the idea of playing against Allen, Rivers shrugged. "I don’t mind that," he said. "I don’t think it’s Ray, honestly. I think it would be more the Heat. There may be several guys who want to play against Ray, and Ray may want to play against several guys. But this is not going to be a Ray vs. the Celtics thing. If it becomes that way, we’ll lose by a lot." "I tried," Rivers said of claims by Allen in a recent published report that the coach didn’t call in the period leading up to free agency. "But guys, I’m not going to get into it. Ray was great here. If Ray wants to talk, we’ll just let him keep talking. That’s probably better for all of us."
For his part, it sounds like Ray is getting tired of talking too.
"Yeah, we can move on," the new Heat guard said on the eve of Tuesday night’s season opener against his old team, which will include a ring ceremony and banner raising by the NBA champs. "I think it’s two-fold, having a ring ceremony and then playing Boston. It’s like both situations, letting go of what happened last year and we can move forward."
As a side note, as you might expect, Ray is sharing the company secrets with his new employers.
Allen said that he has been tapped by the Miami coaching staff to go over Boston's personnel and schemes.
"We talk a little bit (about Celtics schemes)," Allen said. "Making sure the guys understand position-wise, what they are looking for in certain situations on both ends of the floor. I just make sure, without being too informative, that certain guys see things before they happen."
Yeah, "without being too informative." Whatever.
These two proud men are trying to move on past this messy breakup. I'd say they need a little closure. A win for the Celtics would sure make me feel better.