I’ve already given my unsolicited advice to Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo for their petty public comments to Ray Allen: Grow up. I was glad to see that Miami native and Heat veteran Udonis Haslem added his voice to the discussion.
Speaking on the Joe Rose Show on WQAM, Haslem said the following (the excerpts below are from the Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman):
"It's not like the year before with Ray they beat us," Haslem said of the Heat defeating Allen, Garnett and Pierce in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals. "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 whupped your ass again."
Later, the three-time NBA champion said that Allen’s former teammate need to let it go.
"I mean, they got to let that go," Haslem said. "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.
Haslem later said that even if Allen had left to go play for the San Antonio Spurs following his last NBA season, he would still have respect for the future Hall of Fame player. That makes sense. As a Heat fan, I don’t hold any ill will toward Mike Miller and James Jones for following LeBron James and joining the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Garnett, Pierce and Rondo shouldn’t have gone through the media to blast a former teammate. If they wanted to make amends with him, they’d reach out to him personally. I’m glad at least one of their peers in the NBA fraternity has called them out.