Ray Allen’s departure from the Boston Celtics in 2012 didn’t go over well with fans. Allen says he received death threats from Celtics fans after Allen signed with the Miami Heat prior to the 2012-13 season.
Allen revealed that information on Cedric Maxwell’s podcast.
Ray Allen says he received death threats from Boston fans after going to the Miami Heat in 2012
(Via Cedric Maxwell’s podcast / Celtics All Access) pic.twitter.com/YJiScVQj7q
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) April 14, 2020
As Maxwell pointed out at the end of that video, it’s not like Allen forced his way off the Celtics. He was a free agent and earned the right to choose his next team. It’s possible he considered the Celtics — and that the Celtics were interested — but ultimately felt better about the Heat.
In retrospect, it’s tough to blame Allen. He won a championship with the Heat during his first season with the team. He left the Celtics so he could win another ring, and he got it.
Based on Allen’s comments, it sounds like he has bad blood with Celtics fans even today. If true, that’s a shame. Allen was a major reason the Celtics won it all in 2008. That win should mean a lot more to fans than Allen leaving the team eight years ago.
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