“I thought we were good teammates, friends, brothers, and FAMILY. I loved him! He was an encouragement to me. He was family. I don’t like him anymore…It’s just life, and a job…But I lost a family member. I hope the Heat go 0-82 and lose all their chances they have! I don’t have Ray’s number anymore…he’s out of my life, and into my rivals!”
-Kevin Garnett on Ray Allen
Comments: This isn’t surprising coming from Garnett, whose attitude towards the game is always to dominate, and to do so regardless of who is on his team. Once a player is no longer Garnett’s teammate, he is rightfully an opponent, and he’s acknowledging that a once close bond is now forever severed by the fact he and Allen are no longer wearing Celtics green.
Lesson: Life goes on. Garnett will adapt to life with Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce, sans the NBA’s all-time leader in threes made. Jason Terry has come in to replace Allen, and I think Garnett will find Terry’s enthusiasm refreshing. Terry did, after all, have a Celtics logo tattooed onto himself for good luck. That kind of addiction to basketball bodes well for a team and fan base that has a lot of pride. The 18th banner might wind up in Boston, as Ray foolishly chases a ring in Miami.