If someone can brag about being surrounded by an elite talent for most of his career that’s definitely Ray Allen, who played for two different championship teams and shared the court with some of the greatest to ever do it.
Allen played a huge role in the Boston Celtics’ Big 3 era in the late 2000s. He was still a dominant scorer and a huge threat from beyond the arc even though he had lost some quickness. Then, he provided a much-needed veteran presence and sharpshooter for the Miami Heat in their 2013 title run.
So, when Allen jumped from one team to the other – for which he got a lot of hate among the Celtics’ community and even former teammates – he was able to know first hand just how scared the ‘Heatles’ (a.k.a LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh) were of Boston’s Big 3:
“The interesting part is, I learned how afraid Miami was of Boston. These guys were scared to death of us, just everything we run and we did on a daily basis,” Allen told ESPN.
Heat and Celtics fought with bones and nails for the supremacy of the Eastern Conference for a couple of years. Boston was full of elder, savvier, tougher players, while the Heat was an up-and-coming team ready to take the crown.
Surprisingly, Allen claimed that both teams were actually more similar than people think, so perhaps that’s why he was able to mesh so nicely:
“They’re similar teams because you could see the cohesiveness and see how the best players communicate and make sure that they have ownership of the team and that there is a lot of camaraderie. The Miami team was deeper from top to bottom with vets,” Allen concluded.
There’s no shame in being scared of a tougher rival. If anything, that only made the Big 3 work even harder to beat them and, as you may know by now, it paid off.