Re: NBA Offseason Thread 2012
No one in my opinion is a traitor. Ainge was trying to do what he felt was best for the team, Ray is doing what he feels is best for himself, there is nothing wrong with Ray going to Miami. Ray put in work for Boston during his 5 years here. But it just baffles me how people are trying to make it seem like the Celtics drove Ray away when it was Ray's ego.
Yeah Danny Ainge is the bad guy because he tried to trade Ray to the Grizzlies. It was Ray that wasn't being professional, that made the situation worse than what it really was. Pierce didn't complain when he was gonna be traded to the Nets before Portland stepped in and offered Gerald Wallace to them. Rondo didn't complain when Danny was shopping him for the likes of Stephen Curry and Darren Collison, what does Rondo do? He has the best season of his career so far, leads the league in assists and triple doubles, has multiple 30+ point games including a 40 point game in the playoffs. Pierce didn't whine and bitch about it, what does he do, he has arguably his best season since 08-09.
And then they bring up the Bradley issue when people fail to realize that Doc made the better move for the team. If you watched the NBA this past season you would know that the Celtics had awful bench scoring. Moving Ray to the 6th man spot gave us the bench scoring we needed, Bradley & Rondo had arguably the best chemistry on the team together. They fed off of each other. What people don't realize is that when Bradley was first named a starter over Ray the Celtics were cruising through the NBA and having legendary defensive numbers. Going with Bradley was the right move.
And then last but not least, the whole Rondo situation. I believe both players were wrong in this but it is completely unfair how so many people are throwing Rondo under the bus and giving him the sole blame and not holding Ray accountable. When it's already been reported that Ray was jealous of Rondo's success, he didn't want to accept that Rondo was better than him. Ray didn't like the fact that Rondo was a younger guy telling him what to do on the court. Ray still looked at Rondo as the young kid he was in 2007 while Pierce & KG respected him as the leader of the team and the "man." No one treated Ray unjustly, Ray is just being overdramatic.
Last edited by Earl the Red Nosed Reindeer; 07-07-2012 at 12:12 PM.