Doc 'didn't agree' with Allen's reasons for leaving

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Doc 'didn't agree' with Allen's reasons for leaving

Doc Rivers admits he's "disappointed" in Ray Allen's decision to leave the Celtics for Miami, but says Allen's departure "doesn't change the way I feel about him".

Our relationship wont change, Rivers said Saturday night at Rollins College as he watched a practice session for the Celtics' summer-league team.

At the end of the day he was great for us here, and thats all you can say. Clearly we would have liked him to stay with us, but I respect Ray, and that will never go away.

Rivers said Allen had "his reasons for leaving," but wouldn't go into them. ("I'm sure he'll express those with the media.") He did say, however, that he didn't agree with them.

"No, I didnt agree, but that doesnt matter," he said. "It doesnt matter what I think. I just wish we could have found a way to sign Allen, and we didnt. Always put it on us its easier.

Rivers hinted that Allen may have been offended that the Celtics made re-signing Kevin Garnett their top offseason priority, rather than re-signing him.

"Kevin Garnett was our focal point, and he should have been," said Rivers. "If that got anyone ruffled, then thats probably too bad . . . He probably got bent sideways a bit by us courting Kevin. I really dont know, honestly."

Rivers said the Celtics also "recruited" Allen -- "Danny Ainge in particular did exactly what he should have done" -- and added, "We did everything we were supposed to do."

He talked to me. It was a good talk, Rivers said. You know how I am. A guy makes his mind up, Im not going to try and change it. I respect him for all he did for us, and I thought he should have stayed with us. Actually, you just have to let it go.

Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

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Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

By Dane Carbaugh, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Rasheed Wallace is a man of many talents. Playing basketball. Getting ejected. Helping the disenfranchised. Throwing towels. He’s a Renaissance man, really.

Oh, and apparently he does a spot-on Doc Rivers impersonation.

During a segment on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” TV show, Wallace not only brought attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but was able to emulate the Los Angeles Clippers coach strikingly well. It came while Wallace was breaking down Rivers recent explosion and ejection from a game against the Brooklyn Nets, an outburst for which he was fined $15,000.

From the Area 21 Twitter page:

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