More than a year later, LeBron James still takes exception to the way Ray Allen was treated after he chose to sign with the Heat over the Celtics as a free agent. Many expected Allen would retire a Celtic along with Pierce and Garnett, but he went a different route and moved south.
Last season Garnett let it be known he no longer had Allen’s telephone number and Terry, who did not play with Allen, took a shot at his decision to leave. Garnett, after much convincing, waived his no-trade clause to go to the Nets.
"The first thing that I thought was like, `Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston and now these guys are leaving Boston,' " said James. "I think it's OK. I don't mind it, but there was a couple guys that basically [criticized] Ray for leaving and everybody else is leaving.”
So it sounds as if the Miami-Boston rivalry could morph into a Miami-Brooklyn rivalry. We may start finding out Thursday, when the Heat and Nets play an exhibition game.
"They might have on a different color jersey, but you may see green," Dwyane Wade said, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
The Heat’s feelings towards Garnett, Terry and Paul Pierce have not changed since they were traded to the Nets this summer. These are still the players who battled the Heat in the postseason and posed the biggest threat in the Eastern Conference for many years. They will look do to do same this season on the Nets.
"Just seeing guys switch jerseys, some guys are always Celtics to us because of the battles that we've had with them," said Chris Bosh. "It's just all the same to us. It's just a different jersey in a different stadium. They have a couple different teammates but they're the same competitive guys. We want to beat them like they want to beat us."
The Heat and Nets will tip off at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday night.