In general, adults don’t like being told to apologize. So, naturally, when LeBron pissed off Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett when he told ESPN that they we’re being hypocritical and/or unfair about Ray Allen’s departure from an aging Boston team to a Miami team in its prime. Because they ended up doing something similar. Here’s what he said:
[Via ESPN] “I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston…I think it’s OK; I didn’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [shit] on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving.”
“That’s the nature of our business, man. I don’t know what Boston was going through at the end of the day. I know Ray had to make the best decision for him and his family and his career. Doc, KG and Paul did that as well. You can’t criticize someone who does something that’s best for their family.”
Well put. But the Brooklyn Nets were understandably defensive about the accusation that they’re flip floppers on the topic of leaving Boston for greener pastures (or maybe less green pastures?). “Tell LeBron to worry about Miami. It has nothing to do with Celtic business,” K.G. told ESPN. “I left Boston?” Pierce added, citing the fact he and K.G. didn’t “leave” the Celtics, but instead, were traded (though they both waived their no trade clauses and allowed the deal to go through).
Last night, the two teams met in an unusually meaningful nationally televised preseason game, where Jason Kidd’s number was retired and the former Boston big three were reunited for the first time without Doc Rivers or the color green involved. When Pierce got the chance, he gave Lebron a hip check, as if to say, “You’re not going to waltz into the Finals this year, bro.”
NOTE: More players should deck Lebron as he tries to take off from the foul line.
Here’s Kidd’s retirement ceremony, in case you missed it.