It was a business decision and the team put me in the position where we had to move. We had to go. Miami was a better choice for us based on what the team was doing, so it wasn’t, don’t boo me, boo the team in a sense. Now it’s out of my control. … When this contract situation came down, everybody in my circle — mom, family, brother, sister, friends from college, people who watched me since I was in high school and since I was in college — nobody wanted me to resign in that situation because they thought, ‘There [is] so much left in you and this team isn’t taking care of you or treating you right.’ That’s the way I felt and it was like, if you are going to come and not put out a good contract on the table then, hey, we gotta think about going somewhere else. – Ray Allen
Sometimes, as fans, we try too hard to rationalize the decision of players. They are working a unique job as professional athletes, and like anyone in any profession, things such as respect in the work place play a role in their happiness. And ultimately, happiness comes before loyalty, as much as the common fan wants to decry that reality.
Ray Allen’s decision to leave for the Miami Heat was based on the fact he believes it puts him in a better situation, not just with regards to winning another ring, but with regard to a career he believes isn’t nearly over. Allen’s point production declined last year, but he shot a career high from three point range. His stroke is as silky smooth as ever, and he’s one of the best conditioned athletes in the NBA, which has allowed him to thrive past a point when most guards begin to become ineffective.