“If you leave me now, you take away the biggest part of me”
Ah, now this is a great sports story and yet another reason I absolutely love the NBA.
I’ve had a few of those in my day, women with whom I thought I’d live happily ever after (yeah, right) and now, not only do we not talk, the mere thought of them (and them of me, I’m sure) brings an uncomfortable shiver, if not an onset of nausea.
Apparently, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are having a similar type of spat.
This off-season, Ray Allen, former Celtic and still, the prettiest jump shooter in the game, decided to sign on with the Miami Heat, Boston’s current, most bitter rival. It wasn’t necessarily the whole “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em thing.” Or maybe it was. Who knows?
Either way, KG is no longer speaking to his former running mate, telling reporters “I don’t have Ray’s number anymore.” That means not only did KG go through the trouble of deleting Ray Ray from his iPhone5, he also went through the trouble of telling us all he did so.
“That’s a shame. I’m a good person to talk to on the phone… I’ve been in weird trade situations the last few years. You always felt you had one foot in and one foot out, so I can’t worry about it,” responded Allen, who obviously felt conflicted about leaving the tightly-knit Celtics but did what he thought was the right thing to do for his career.
The line of the off-season, however, goes to Dwyane Wade who had Ray’s back by saying “(Garnett) doesn’t need to be talking to our team anyway, so it’s all good.”
Look, when Carole King asked “doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore,” she was clearly talking about professional sports in general, and the NBA in particular. We all know that KG is a fiery character who still feels, as does any professional athlete, that he can beat any team, any place, at any time, even the Miami Heat. But that’s simply not the truth and Ray Ray realized it. Besides, doesn’t KG know Allen only played five years in Boston after playing five in Seattle (when they had a basketball team) and another seven in Milwaukee before that? (Damn, that’s a long career!)
Ray’s right. His name was dangled as trade-bait for much of last year. I guess he finally got tired of it.
However you feel about Ray Allen, and his decision to take his talents to South Beach, is ultimately up to you: turncoat, opportunist, or just a smart, smart man. Ray wanted another shot at a title. He felt joining the Heat was the best way for that to happen. For that, he can’t be faulted. KG’s going to have to live with it.