Ahh, is there anything better than rivals exchanging pleasantries in preseason? The Brooklyn Nets beat the Miami Heat in a preseason game Thursday evening, but the main story that has developed is not necessarily what happened on the court but rather what transpired afterwards. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to the Nets this summer and James didn’t hesitate to point out the hypocrisy.
“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,’” James said. “I think it’s OK; I didn’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving.”
The two Brooklyn players responded to the four-time MVP, with KG being the one that’s more inclined to return the shot.
Kevin Garnett – “Tell LeBron to worry about Miami. It has nothing to do with Celtic business”
Paul Pierce – “I left Boston?” Pierce said when asked of James’ comments, clearly noting he had been dealt by the Celtics and didn’t leave as a free agent.
Clearly Garnett wasn’t all too pleased with James’ comments, while Pierce didn’t seem particularly bothered. The situations of Ray Allen and his two former teammates were completely different, so it’s hard to say who is actually right.
Allen was playing behind Avery Bradley and the Celtics brought in Jason Terry in the offseason, so Ray clearly didn’t feel needed and looked for glory elsewhere (which he found). At the same time, while KG and Pierce were both traded, the deal would not have happened if Garnett had not waived his no-trade clause.
One way or another, the Brooklyn – Miami matchups will be interesting to watch this season.