West returns to Boston after choosing Indiana

West returns to Boston after choosing Indiana
January 5, 2012, 9:07 pm
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WALTHAM When you come to the TD Garden as part of the visiting team, you expect to get booed. A lot.

Maybe not as much as Kim Kardashian's ex -- to some, he's also known as the Nets' Kris Humphries -- but they'll let you know there's no love for you here.

You can expect the reaction to David West likely to be somewhere in the middle.

The C's were on the verge of a sign-and-trade for West during the offseason. But West turned down the C's offer, and instead inked a two-year, 20 million deal with the Indiana Pacers.

There were reports that at least one Celtics player, Ray Allen, was bothered by West's decision.

"Once it got down to the end, I think his ego kicked back in," Allen told ESPNBoston.com. "He wanted the dollars. I guess it comes down to, 'What is a championship worth to you?' "

Shortly after that, West explained his decision in choosing the Pacers over the Celtics.

"What they're dealing with in Boston is a lot deeper than David West," he told reporters last month. "When I was figuring out what I was going to do, everybody that knows me knows that I'm a thought person. I don't rush to judgment and the decisions I make are well thought-out. This was a well thought-out decision on my part."

West added, "There's a reason why I'm in Indiana and not anywhere else. This team is young and deep with some really good pieces. And it's deep."

Although Allen may have some hard feelings towards West and his decision, coach Doc Rivers said West's decision didn't bother him at all.

"I had no problem with it," Rivers said. "He had two good decisions. He had a team that he could look at, us as a team that's trying to win it right now. Or he has a team in Indiana that's going to be in the thick of it as well, and they're young so he can grow with them. To me, he was in a win-win situation. It was a great place to be."