As a long-time Celtic fan, who has remained loyal through thick and thin, Ray Allen leaving the Celtics has had a bigger impact than most player defections for me. I have to admit that my reaction is not so much about Ray Allen the player, because it does appear that his injuries may be bringing his career to an end.
No, there are really other issues that have affected me more deeply.
First, this is one situation where from the outside it looks as though the 'bad guys' won. Let me address your immediate reaction to this comment, the Miami Heat a little later. Let me address the other 'bad guys'.
Is it true that Rajan Rondo and Ray did not get along? Did this dysfunctional relationship affect the offer the Celtics make Allen? I sure hope not. And again, I am not questioning the ages, or the potential upside of one or the other.
I am simply stating my believe that if this is true, the Celtics did not keep the 'good guy'. From my perspective they lost a classy, extremely hard-working, professional and kept--well, let's not put anybody down. I think you know what I mean.
And yes, secondly, the 'bad guys' you immediately thought of when I first mentioned this--the Miami Heat, also won. In Allen they get a player capable of lighting up the scoreboard at any given moment. They also get someone that will doubtfully exemplify an incredible work ethic and professional attitude.
The work-ethic appears to not be only existent in 'good guys', but the classy, workmanlike, professional persona of Ray Allen, will definitely make it harder to dislike the Miami 'bad guys.'