Rumor: Ray Allen to the Heat?
In recent years, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat have developed a pretty fierce Eastern Conference rivalry.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: If Ray Allen gets traded to the Heat, it will really add salt to some already existing wounds.
It started in 2010, when Boston and the "Big Three" knocked Miami out of the playoffs in five games. They very next season, the Heat re-signed Dwayne Wade and acquired Lebron James and Chris Bosh, creating a Big Three of their own. From then on out, the media went into a "Big Three" frenzy, constantly talking about how Miami and Boston were the teams to beat in the Eastern Conference.
In the following 2010-2011 season, the Celtics won 3 out of the 4 regular season match-ups against the Heat and thought they had the superior team and a better "Big Three." When they met in the playoffs (in the Eastern Conference Semifinals), however, Miami won in 5 games.
And just a few weeks ago, the two teams met again in the Eastern Conference Championship series. And while the Celtics led the series 3-2 with a chance to close it out in Boston in game 6, Lebron James put on a playoff performance for the ages, pretty much singlehandedly beating Boston on their home court in front a sold-out, die-hard, Beantown faithful. Boston sports writer and one of my personal idols wrote of Lebron's performance in that game, "One of the greatest players ever was playing one of his greatest games ever...He ruined what should have been a magical night. It was like being in a car accident. Lebron James ran over 18,000 people." (If you like reading sports journalism, read Simmons' article, The Consequence of Caring." It is one of the best pieces of journalism I've ever read).
But it was all over after that legendary performance and Miami went on to beat the Celts in seven. (And eventually win the NBA Finals).
Needless to say, these two teams haven't been fans of each other.
Adding fuel to the already blazing fire, it was reported today that there may be a chance Celtics veteran Ray Allen could be playing in South Beach next season. Mike Miller, who has played a similar role for Miami that Allen has played in Boston, has hinted at announcing retirement. If that was the case, Miami will need to bring in a strong shooting guard that can hit the open three. Ray Allen may just be the perfect fit to replace Miller.
And the Celtics, who acquired Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo in yesterday's draft, just may seriously consider trading Allen, an aging veteran. And while Allen has always been recognized as one of the classier guys to play the game, I would imagine playing for Miami would have most Bostonians (insert Boston accent here) "wicked fiyad up."
One Heat player who we know would welcome Ray Allen with open arms is Lebron James. James tweeted earlier, "While watching the Draft my son Bryce ask "Is Ray Allen gonna play for the Heat." I said "I don't know, I hope so."
My sense is, this Boston/Miami rivalry is here to stay.
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