Doc Rivers takes the blame for Ray Allen leaving the Celtics

Ray Allen went to Miami. (Getty Images)

When Ray Allen decided to leave the Boston brotherhood and ubuntu to go to the evil Miami Heat, someone, or something, had to be the reason.

A lot of people pointed first at Allen, who you know, was the one making the decision to take less money to go to Miami. A lot pointed at Rajon Rondo, after reports surfaced that the two didn't get along. Some pointed at Avery Bradley, who was taking over Allen's role.

But taking one for the team, Doc Rivers is raising his hand. He says it's all his fault. Via Yahoo Sports:

“People can use all the Rondo stuff – and it was there, no doubt about that – but it was me more than Rondo,” said Rivers, who is working as an NBC analyst during the Olympics. “I’m the guy who gave Rondo the ball. I’m the guy who decided that Rondo needed to be more of the leader of the team. That doesn’t mean guys liked that – and Ray did not love that – because Rondo now had the ball all the time.

“Think about everything [Allen] said when he left, ‘I want to be more of a part of the offense.’ Everything was back at Rondo. And I look at that, and say, ‘That’s not Rondo’s fault.’ That’s what I wanted Rondo to do, and that’s what Rondo should’ve done. Because that’s Rondo’s ability. He’s the best passer in the league. He has the best feel in the league. He’s not a great shooter, so he needs the ball in his hands to be effective. And that bothered Ray.”

Pretty much Rivers confirms that there was tension between Rondo and Allen, but he also says he's the one that created it.

In the end, Rivers did what he's paid to do: coach. He made choices for the team, choices that he thought put them in the best position to win. It's not his job to please individual players. It's to get them all to play together in order to win.

And if Allen was more concerned with his own goals and desires, that's his prerogative. Which is why he chose Miami, something well within his right. It's his career and he doesn't owe the Celtics anything. It's a business decision and while Allen was willing to take less, he's found a role that he'll continue to be featured and have more of the ball.

It's just the business of basketball. But someone wants to point the finger somewhere, so Rivers is fine with taking the blame. Though in reality, who cares?


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