Doc Rivers Blames Himself for Ray Allen Leaving Celtics | Robert Littal Presents BlackSportsOnline

Doc Rivers Says it is His Fault Ray Allen Left & Had Beef With Rondo

by Robert Littal | Posted on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
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Doc is just trying to take the Heat off Rondo, but what done is done.

Ray Allen did what was best for Ray Allen. That is the whole point of being a free agent. If his feelings were hurt by the Celtics or he despised Rondo, doesn’t matter he made his choice and the Celtics have to deal with it.

After Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers re-examined everything that set into motion Ray Allen leaving for the Miami Heat in free agency, he’s assigned blame to an unmistakable target: Himself.

People can use all the Rondo stuff – and it was there, no doubt about that – but it was me more than Rondo,” said Rivers, who is working as an NBC analyst during the Olympics. “I’m the guy who gave Rondo the ball. I’m the guy who decided that Rondo needed to be more of the leader of the team. That doesn’t mean guys liked that – and Ray did not love that – because Rondo now had the ball all the time.

“Think about everything [Allen] said when he left, ‘I want to be more of a part of the offense.’ Everything was back at Rondo. And I look at that, and say, ‘That’s not Rondo’s fault.’ That’s what I wanted Rondo to do, and that’s what Rondo should’ve done. Because that’s Rondo’s ability. He’s the best passer in the league. He has the best feel in the league. He’s not a great shooter, so he needs the ball in his hands to be effective. And that bothered Ray.

“And not starting [games] bothered Ray. I did examine it, and the conclusion I came back to was this: By doing the right things, we may have lost Ray. If I hadn’t done that, I would’ve been a hypocrite. In the opening speech I make every year, I tell the team: ‘Every decision I make is going to be what’s good for the team, and it may not be what’s good for the individual.’ “

No offense to Ray Allen, but it wasn’t like he had a stellar year.  I think the Celtics will be fine without him, they replaced him with solid NBA players who want to be on the team.

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