Ray Allen Saying Goodbye to One Big 3, Joining Another?
“If you can’t beat them, join them.”
In the summer of 2007, Ray Allen joined Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce with the Boston Celtics to form the “Big Three,” a team that went on to win the NBA championship that following season. And now, five years later, it appears the sweet-shooting Allen is poised to adhere to that age-old proverb.
According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, Allen is expected to pick the 2011-12 NBA champion Miami Heat over the Celtics this summer. After two consecutive postseason losses to Miami with Boston, Allen could be jumping ship.
The Heat managed to win the NBA Finals this season over the Oklahoma City Thunder, largely due to the transcendent play of LeBron James. But the Heat still have weaknesses and needs. Adding a shooter like Allen would not only bolster depth, but it would also make Miami even more lethal.
Allen is methodical about his practice methods, taking thousands of shots in the gym at a time. He is the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made in the regular season, and defenses still have to respect his shot. If and when this transaction becomes official, the Heat’s drive-and-kick game gets a huge shot in the arm (especially if Mike Miller decides to ride off into the sunset with a ring after his remarkable Game 5 performance).
It would also be detrimental to the rival Celtics, who would lose an important player and veteran locker room presence. And it would mark the end of the “original Big Three” in Boston.
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