( 4UMF NEWS ) Boston Fans Still Mad At Ray Allen:
Breaking up is hard to do, just ask Boston Celtics fans.
The 36-year-old shooting guard signed a three-year deal worth $9 million with Miami last week. The Celtics were offering $12 million over two years and fans can’t seem to understand why he would take less money to join LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Celtics’ so-called enemies in South Beach.
On Monday, USA Today tweeted a photo from Boston where a missing poster taped to a streetlight post showed Allen’s image.
MISSING: LOYALTY the poster reads above a photo of Allen. Below the picture it reads: Also missing: 3 Pointers, 4th Quarters, Health and $3 Million.
Allen, who played the role of Jesus Shuttlesworth in Spike Lee’s He Got Game, has seen that name parodied in Boston since skipping town. Bar Stool Sports is selling t-shirts with JUDAS on the front in Miami Heat-like font and SHUTTLESWORTH on the back.
But the sour grapes from the fans don’t seem to affect Allen, who appears to be taking the high road out of Boston.
“I don’t care what people say about me, I’ll always stay true to the city of Boston and the fans there,” Allen told the Boston Globe when he was introduced as the newest member of the Miami Heat last week. “They’ve been great to me. I’ll always consider that place home.”
Following in the footsteps of many former Boston stars — including Johnny Damon, who bolted Beantown for the Bronx — Allen took out a full-page ad in Sunday’s Boston Globe thanking Celtics fans.
Dear Celtics Fans,
For the past five years, my family and I took great pride in calling Boston home. We have loved living in this city, being members of the Celtics family and being part of your community. These memories will be cherished forever.
From my heart, THANK YOU Boston for this incredible journey.
— Ray Allen #20
Allen came to Boston via trade in 2007, giving the Celtics the first Big Three — a concept that was emulated by the Heat and the Knicks, among other teams. The Celtics, who also traded for Kevin Garnett teamed them with Paul Pierce to round out the trio, won their 17th title at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season.
It was widely reported that Allen had a strained relationship with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and was disappointed over taking a back seat to Avery Bradley during the latter half of the season. Boston also reportedly tried several times to trade Allen before last season’s trading deadline.
Allen was one of the few Celtics to congratulate the Miami Heat after losing in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final in June, a move that fans zeroed in on when the season was over.