Regardless of what you think of Ray Allen, the man has a point.
On his 42nd birthday, Instagram account BostonCeltics4ever posted a picture of Allen in a Celtics uniform saying to like the post to wish Allen a happy birthday.
As you might expect, a lot of Celtics fans didn’t want to do that because he left the team for the Heat and has since seen teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett talk about him in a less than flattering light.
As such, fans politely and impolitely commented “no,” leading Allen to respond.
“Y’all need to get over it!!! where were you all when the team tried to trade me. It’s a business, we go where it’s necessary just like you all do in your jobs!!!!I will always be a Celtic no matter what any of you say. Get over it!!!!
“Oh and Thank you everyone for wishing me a happy birthday!!!”
Allen is right. Later in Allen’s tenure, the team tried to trade him to Memphis and Phoenix before he eventually departed in free agency.
The UConn product spent five seasons in Boston before playing the final two years of his career with the Heat. The C’s gave his No. 20 to Gordon Hayward this offseason.
Believe this if you want: Danny Ainge says he was nervous that the Celtics missed out on Gordon Hayward between the initial report of his agreement and the Players’ Tribune piece announcing it.
ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported the agreement early in the afternoon on July 4, which was confirmed by several outlets. His agent denied the report, with no further information coming until Hayward posted a story announcing the agreement later in the day.
One way of interpreting the events was that somebody had spoken too soon, even though they were right, and that The Players’ Tribune wanted the news to come from them first. According to Ainge, however, he feared that the C’s might have lost the player when the report emerged.
“We really had no idea. He didn’t really give us any hint when he left, so we were just waiting like everybody else, like the rest of the world,” Ainge told reporters Friday.
“When it came out with a premature report that he was coming to Boston, and I heard from his agent that that wasn’t true and that he had not made a decision, I went, ‘Oh no. That could be really bad.’ We were just on pins and needles the whole day until we finally got the word.”
Ainge said that Hayward’s agent confirmed the agreement to him around the time of Hayward’s piece being published.
Kelly Olynyk is leaving Boston on good terms -- literally in that the terms of his new contract with the Heat are ridiculous, and also in that he's thanking the city on his way out.
A day after agreeing to a four-year, $50 million contract with Miami, Olynyk posted a tweet thanking the city of Boston and its fans.
Olynyk was a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Celtics renounced his rights after agreeing to terms with Gordon Hayward on a max contract. The 26-year-old Olynyk had played his entire career in Boston since being drafted 13th overall in 2013.