Ray Allen left the Celtics in 2012, and was hammered by then-teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce as well as head coach Doc Rivers.
A year later, and that same trio bailed on the Celtics as well, with KG and Pierce now in Brooklyn, and Doc Rivers with the head coach position over at the Clippers’ organization.
LeBron recently chimed in on the hypocrisy:
“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,’” the nine-time NBA All-Star told ESPN. “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.”
“I can relate to that; you think so? I’m the No. 1 relater,” the four-time MVP told the network. “I’ve been through it all. I know all about it.”
“They have champions on their team, they have gold medalists on their team, they have guys who have been through a lot,” James said, according to ESPN. “It should be fun playing against them throughout the regular season and possibly in the playoffs.”
Tune in tonight as the Heat take on the Nets. They also battle against them on November 1 for Brooklyn’s home opener.