Ray Allen is finding himself in front of a lot of microphones right now, and he can't seem to help himself from discussing his former team. Not that that bothers us. We'll listen to the behind-the-scenes Celtics drama for as long as he's willing to share.
First he went on the radio to explain that the Celtics didn't make him an offer as appealing as the one he got in Miami. Which seemed a bit ridiculous to us, and an insult to mathematicians everywhere.
Then, in yesterday's Miami Herald, Allen gave a little background as to the history of the rift between him and Rajon Rondo.
From the Miami Herald:
He said the friction with Rondo began in 2009 when Rivers and Celtics president Danny Ainge proposed a trade that would have sent Allen and Rondo to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa and the 14th overall pick in the 2010 draft.
Allen said that, at the time, Ainge and Rivers didnt get along with Rondo.
So, I called him and I told him, hey theyre supposedly trading us to Phoenix because you and Danny and Doc dont get along, Allen said. So, whatever you can do. So, for some reason, I guess he thought that I was that I had something against him, or there were some issues. And I had no issues with him. I won with him.
Need any more reason to catch the Celtics and Heat on opening night? Too bad Allen likely won't be a starter in Miami. Those pregame handshakes at center court would have been phenomenally awkward.
WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.
Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.
Irving replied with a lewd suggestion.
After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.
“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.
In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.
“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”