Re: Ray Allen: ankle sorenes
posted at 10/26/2012 7:27 PM EDT
I don't understand this discussion and most of the comments.
Ray at the top his game was better than Terry and Lee ever will be. Last year his RS stats were better than Lee and Terry even at the age of 37. Without his injury the difference might have been even bigger. Actually Ray was by far our best player at the beginning of the season, as KG and Pierce came totally out of shape into the camp. I remember the discussions of Ray aging well, and Pierce and KG as over the hill gang just a few weeks before the big turnaround of last season.
By the way: Lee was kind of a journeyman and Terry not a starter for most of his career: There is a reason for that!
Ray was injured, yet he gave all he had and played through the pain in the play offs. His shot was off, but his defense and rebounding was good. Better than any defense I have EVER seen from Terry (who is small for a 2 guard and is known for mental lapses at defense). Lee seems to be an above average defender but is not a better rebounder than Ray (neither is Terry):
Allen decided to leave AFTER Terry was signed and even left money on the table. If a pro player is only going for the money the fans complain. If someone goes not for the money the fans complain as well.
As far as I remember it was the Celtics who started talking to the media before Allen did after Ray joined the heat.
In my opinion: We should thank Ray for 5 great years. We found great replacments in Lee and Terry (even though they are in my opinion not better than Ray), who seem to fit the celtic spirit and they did't had a recent surgery (which brings less risk).
Lee and Terry are better than a 37 year old Ray Allen. But are they better than Ray and Bradley (or Ray and Lee/Terry), that remains to be seen. If Ray is healthy he will do well in Miami, James' passing ability and the double teams for him will make up the loss of Rondos passing.
I wish Ray well, he can even score in bunches agains us in the upcoming game as long as we blow them out of the building.