Here's the link: Ray Allen: 'Forever, I'll always be a Celtic'
Here are the operative quotes:
I think it was July 6 if I have my dates correctly, there was a moment where I just had to decision, going throughout the course of a season, with me going forward offensively how I was going to be able to contribute, I just felt as though I contributed a great deal to the organization in Boston and they have been so good to me and my family that we got to the position now whereas I'm thinking about is Miami going to be a good fit for me.
I looked at the situation and I thought about what would be best for my kids, my wife, me personally being able to go out and help this team win with the talent I know that I have.
Forever, I'll always be a Celtic, no matter what. I seen Big Baby (Glen Davis) down here during the playoffs watching (Game 5 vs. Miami) and I looked at him as a brother. We played against Perk (Kendrick Perkins) during the year, it doesn't change. Posey came in the locker room once we lost Game 7 here and he's forever a Celtic. Eddie House played down there (in Miami) and he came in the (Celtics) locker room every time he got the opportunity. In my mind, it never changes. I don't care what people say about me, I'll always stay true to the city of Boston and the fans there. They've been great to me. I'll always consider that place home.
I think the insanity oozing out of these quotes is pretty obvious, even to a casual observer..... but OK, I'll do a little post-mortem anyway. (Forget the insane-sounding grammatical structure of Quote 1.)
So Ray... let me get this straight. 'Splain it to me like I'm a six-year-old. You felt you had "contributed a great deal" to Boston, right? And you also felt that "they have been so good" to you and your family. Umm, so.... despite all that.... you thought it was reasonable to be simultaneously thinking: "is Miami going to be a good fit for me"??
If you "contributed a great deal," that means Boston must have provided you with the OPPORTUNITY to do so, right? Obviously. And you say that your experience in Boston was strongly positive ("so good to me and my family"). And yet you still found it necessary to go play for Miami, our biggest rival?
I don't get it, Ray. Where's the beef?
Forget beef. Where's the soy protein isolate? Forget soy, where's the LOGIC???
Ah, but all that was the GOOD part compared to the humdinger in the 3rd quote.
"I'll always be a Celtic" !???????!!!!!!!!??????????????????????????
Really, Ray? Really???
You wanna compare yourself to all those other guys -- to PERK, no less?!? A guy who went from room to room in the hotel with tears in his eyes, the night he was traded? THAT Perk???
You might as well compare yourself to the elephant sitting in the corner of your room. Yeah, you're both mammals. That's about it.
Ray Allen, you could not be more different from Kendrick Perkins if you were lint in his navel. (One great difference, in my prediction, is that Perk ended up pretty happy in OKC. I doubt you will have a similar experience.)
News flash from Earth to Ray Allen: You left Boston VOLUNTARILY, *despite* the Celtics' best efforts to keep you here. Despite the ability to earn twice the money by staying. Despite knowing that you would disappoint millions of fans, plus Doc, KG, Paul, everybody on the team. And *you joined the Miami Heat,* remember? Just one month after they (and the refs) eliminated us from the ECF. I.e., you spit on us, and went to work for our hated rivals.
Ray, for you to imagine yourself a "Celtic for life" is INSANE, buddy. As in butterfly nets and barred windows-cuckoo, man.
We've been wondering what was the motivation for Ray's departure. Many of us felt there had to be a reasonable one, a logical one. I urge you to read the entire article linked above. After so doing, I defy you to find one such reason. Nothing he said makes sense... well, not to sane people, anyway. I'm sure it makes some kind of sense to Ray, since he said it.
But if it really does make sense to him.... well....... then he must be out of his mind.