In a single sentence, Udonis Haslem put an end to the long-standing beef between the 2008 Celtics and Ray Allen once and for all.
Udonis Haslem on the Celtics “You got your ass whooped with Ray and then we got Ray and we whooped your ass again.”
— Hollywood (@DannyWQAM) May 12, 2017
Former longtime Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem called for members of the last Boston Celtics championship team to get over guard Ray Allen’s 2012 move from the Celtics to the Heat.
In an interview on the Jose Rose Show (h/t Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel), Haslem defended his former teammate:
“I mean, they got to let that go. I think when you get to a point where you’re a free agent, you have the opportunity to make the best decision for you. Quality of life: Boston, Miami? Ahh, you guys can figure that one out. … I mean, and I understand, because at that time it was somewhat of a rivalry between us and Boston. But even when they had Ray we beat ’em. So it wasn’t like Ray came and helped us get over the edge.”
He went on to explain that the Heat had already beat the Celtics with Allen as a member in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals (language NSFW): “It’s not like the year before with Ray they beat us. Put it this way, it wasn’t the similar situation to maybe Kevin Durant going to the team that beat him. It was, you got your ass whooped with Ray, and we got Ray and we whooped your ass again.”
Haslem’s comments came on the heels of a 2007-08 Celtics reunion during TNT’s Area 21 segment Monday between Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis.