Ray Allen is still a hard subject to talk about sometimes. I had a certain love for Ray Allen's game. I'm a sucker for shooters, and Ray Allen's craft was one that I enjoyed. One of the hot buttons in the Celtics world is if Ray Allen should have his number retired. I have a simple, and quick response to that.. The answer is no, and the reason is simple. Ray Allen tossed his chance away when he bounced down south.
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"It’s not something that I worry about,” he said before scoring 14 points in a 101-96 Miami loss to Boston. “When I think about it – I just signed a picture for (Bryan Doo), the strength coach, and it’s a picture of me taking a shot. We were playing against the Lakers and it was just a random shot. When you see it, I think about all the big games we played in this building – non-playoff games, playoff games. Those are the things that always stick out in your mind, that you always remember. Regardless of what happens in the rafters, I look up there and there’s a banner. That’s what makes it so special.”
Earlier this season, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub that he anticipates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce having their numbers raised into the rafters, but doesn’t know whether Allen will receive the same honor. Ainge said the way Allen left is "obviously somewhat of a factor" but he believes "time heals those hurts, and logic will take over."
“The question is did he play long enough and that kind of thing?" Ainge said. "There are a lot of great Celtics in history, and Ray Allen is certainly one of them. I know there will be consideration and discussion about that happening. We’ll see.”
If Allen eventually does get his number retired, he said he would cherish it.
“It would be probably one of the single greatest honors in my career,” Allen said, “because the impact that I’ve had playing the game. I still remember what it was like and how I was when I first came into the league. I had no clue what direction I was heading in, or what I was going to be able to do for this game, and the impact that I was going to be able to leave. So to be able to have an impact on a generation of kids, on an organization, on a city, it’s truly an honor for people to recognize that. You can’t get any better than that.”
I don't his number in the rafters, and I think he knows it. He cared more about a ring then having his number retired by the Celtics. Ray Allen won't have his number up there with Bird, Russell, Cowens, and Mchale.