(BOSTON) — Contrary to popular opinion, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers believes it was him not Rajon Rondo, that served as the primary reason Ray Allen signed with Miami Heat instead of the Celtics.
There have been many reports that Allen left because of a deteriorating relationship with the talented point guard, but Rivers’ says he doesn’t believe that’s the whole truth.
“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. “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.
Rivers also said that Allen was not happy with losing his starting job to second year guard Avery Bradley, but Rivers still believes it was the right decision.
Boston offered Allen a two-year $12 million contract, but Allen took half the annual salary to sign with Miami.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN