From the amount of moaning and pitchfork-wielding going on around Boston after Ray Allen decided to sign with the Miami Heat rather than return to the Celtics, people may think Allen's move is among the top tragedies of the century.
But Allen doesn't feel that way, as he said when he was introduced by the Heat on Wednesday. And Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge apparently doesn't think so, either.
"I don't feel like we lost Ray," Ainge told reporters at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham, Mass., as the team introduced free agent signees Jeff Green, Jason Terry, Chris Wilcox and Brandon Bass. "I feel like Ray left us to go to Miami. We appreciate what Ray's done and all that he and Shannon have done in our community. We tried to get Ray back. He chose to go to Miami."
Allen's departure was marked with rumors that Allen was unhappy with how he had been treated in Boston, and that perhaps he hadn't felt wanted by the Celtics as much as he would have liked.
But Ainge declined to rehash details and instead looked ahead.
"No one player makes a team," he said. "Players choose not to come here all the time. There's 30 good basketball teams out there. There's teams outside of Boston. We knew that Ray had this option, this opportunity, and he chose to go in that direction."
Whether Celtics fans like it or not, that's one way to look at it.