Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers blames himself for Ray Allen leaving Boston, and dissolves the rumors about the fallout between Allen and Boston point guard, Rajon Rondo.
“People can use all the Rondo stuff — and it was there, no doubt about that — but it was me more than Rondo,” Rivers told Yahoo! Sports in an interview conducted at the London Olympics, where the coach is working as an NBC analyst.
“I’m the guy who gave Rondo the ball I’m the guy who decided that Rondo needed to be more of the leader of the team. That doesn’t mean guys liked that — and Ray did not love that — because Rondo now had the ball all the time.
“Think about everything (Allen) said when he left, ‘I want to be more of a part of the offense.’ Everything was back at Rondo. And I look at that, and say, ‘That’s not Rondo’s fault.’ That’s what I wanted Rondo to do, and that’s what Rondo should’ve done.”
Allen turned down Boston’s two-year, $12 million offer to accept half that from the Heat, who could offer only a $3 million annual salary utilizing the taxpayer’s mini-midlevel exception. Rivers questioned the notion that Allen will find a bigger role with the Heat.
“Ray’s got to do what’s best for Ray,” Rivers told Yahoo! Sports.”But having said that, he’s not going to start in Miami. And I doubt he gets theball more. But I do think, for a guy like Ray and Paul (Pierce) and Kevin (Garnett)
and Kobe (Bryant), it’s easier to go somewhere and do that, than have it taken from you where you’re at.”