LeBron James went off Twitter for about two months during the NBA playoffs. Well, he's back with a flourish. Winning an NBA title will do that.
That was soon followed by multiple "Judas Shuttleworth" references across Twitter and on-line.
LeBron (or his social media handlers) has become quite adept at Photoshop:
Welcome! Looks fitting yfrog.com/o02rvpqgj— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 7, 2012
From LeBron James via Twitter
LeBron openly lured Allen via Facebook earlier this week with this shot:
Danny Ainge is not going to let Allen's departure stand in the way of building a perennial Eastern Conference finals contender. He's on the verge of blowing $40 million over four years on Jeff Green. Perhaps the Celtics had no choice considering what else was available and their salary cap limitations. Forget, for a moment, any concerns about Green's long-term health. At his best, he is soft scorer with a minimal inside game and won't give the Celtics a needed inside threat to take pressure off Kevin Garnett. Green has career averages of 13.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He was the No. 5 overall pick by the Celtics in 2007 before being ending up in Seattle as part of the Ray Allen deal.
With Jason Terry, Brandon Bass and (keep our fingers crossed) Mickael Pietrus, the Celtics have cornered the market on Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Men. Of course, if Greg Stiemsma leaves (Boston can match any offer he gets), the Celtics might have trouble keeping that plus/minus line below minus-20 whenever Garnett is on the bench.
Ainge told the Globe that he won't comment on Allen's departure until the league's moratorium on signing free-agents ends on July 11. Good thing we follow Heat Managing General Partner Micky Arison on Twitter (someone has to):
Its 2:30am in London and I was just woken up with great news.Welcome to the family #20!!— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) July 7, 2012
Now that Allen is gone, the story has filtered out about his issues with Rajon Rondo and how Doc Rivers could not repair that rift. Doc is "disappointed" the Celtics couldn't close the deal with Allen but admits Allen wasn't the team's first priority this off-season. That hurt Ray-Ray's feelings. Throw in Avery Bradley starting, the acquisition of Terry, hugs and kisses from LeBron and D-Wade, Pat Riley's sales pitch, good weather, golf, no state income tax and that elusive-in-Boston second ring - and No. 20's vision was clearly 20/20.
OK, the "no state income tax" might be a stretch considering Allen first wanted three-years at $27.5 million from the Celtics, was offered $12 million over two years and settled for about $9.3 million for three years in Miami. This decision was about love, not money. A long time ago, Robert Parish was speaking to yours truly about his final contract negotiation with the Celtics. When asked about the business of the NBA becoming personal - he said simply - "It's always personal."
Before you ask, we did not fire up the bowl afterward. But the Chief's words are wafting through this story. Allen's exit from Causeway Street was entirely personal and we're now left to ponder the fate of "The Pre-Game Meal."
That's what makes it this departure so inflammatory. Allen chose to leave for so many of the reasons Boston fans love to hear when other players take less money to come here. Ouch. Allen is not the first star to leave Boston - either by choice or force - for a bitter rival. Babe Ruth, Adam Vinatieri, Johnny Damon, Wade Boggs, Curtis Martin, Phil Esposito, Roger Clemens (eventually) and Bill Parcells come to mind. Like Vinatieri, Ruth, Espo and Damon - Allen helped bring a championship to Boston. There was plenty of vitriol directed at Allen for his mercifully quick decision. But neither the Celtics nor Allen owed the other side anything. Loyalty was not a factor. Allen fulfilled his contract admirably and Celtics made him a more-than-reasonable offer.
First Ochocinco and now Allen. Miami's the place for aging stars who flopped in the 2012 playoffs to go so they can glide into retirement. If Ainge was really talented, he could get the Miami Marlins to take back Josh Beckett and eternally exorcise the Kendrick Perkins deal. Mad at Allen for taking his talents to South Beach? How about some rage toward Adrian Gonzalez for forgetting his talents in San Diego? Or Paul Pierce for leaving his back in 2010?
On the bright side, at least "The Big Three" are back - with "Blame it on Rondo" replacing Allen. It's the "Core Four" who are history. Not having Ray Allen is certainly worse than having Ray Allen. But given where the Celtics are headed, he'll be barely missed.
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