When Ray Allen left the Boston Celtics in 2012 to join the Miami Heat, certain members of the C's spoke out against him fleeing the team. Now that Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Doc Rivers have left Boston themselves, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade think they were hypocritical in calling out Ray.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat became the most hated team in the NBA, after LeBron defected to South Beach from Ohio. Talking about Ray's decision, LBJ thinks he just made the best decision for himself, and that's fine. His only issue is that Garnett, Pierce, and the crew made him out to be a traitor for joining an Eastern Conference rival.
"I think the first thing I thought was, 'Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston and now these guys are leaving Boston,'" James said.
"I think it's OK; I didn't mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they're leaving. That's the nature of our business, man. I don't know what Boston was going through at the end of the day. I know Ray had to make the best decision for him and his family and his career. Doc, KG and Paul did that as well. You can't criticize someone who does something that's best for their family." [...]
Dwyane Wade is also irked by the situation. As James, he's fine with players making the best business decision for themselves, and their family, but thinks it's hypocritical to blast someone for leaving, and then leave the following year.
"We all know the world, how it works," Wade said. "The biggest thing is Ray is happy [in Miami]. If they're happy in Brooklyn, then let them be happy.
"People say things about people when they do something when they themselves would do the same thing. It's about putting yourself in the best situation, and at the end of the day we all do that. You can't really say anything about someone that does it for themselves."
James and Wade have valid points, but it's not the same situation as Ray left as a free agent and the team had taken the Heat to the brink in the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago. I'm not saying Pierce and Garnett's motives were more "moral" than Allen's, but they all definitely faced different circumstances.