This evening when they Miami Heat face the Brooklyn Nets for the first time since Brooklyn’s league-shaking summer trade, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade think some ex- Boston Celtics on the Nets might owe the ex-Celtic on the Heat an apology.
Back in 2012 there was a stream of vitriol from the Celtics aimed at Ray Allen after he chose to sign with Miami in the offseason.
According to Kevin Garnett he lost Allen’s number, Paul Pierce said he hadn’t forgiven him and Doc Rivers suggested Allen had an ego problem.
The three players are no longer part of the Celtics, agreeing to go to teams seemingly on the brink of contention instead of sticking around for Boston’s rebuilding project. Garnett waived his no-trade clause so he could go to the Nets in a package with Pierce after he agreed to the deal. Rivers built his own trade that allowed him to become the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
All of these professional NBA players said in various ways that it was a difficult decision but they wanted to move on to a better situation. That was essentially Allen’s position a year ago and James and Wade apparently aren’t shy to hint at hypocrisy.