More details have emerged on Ray Allen's decision to sign with the Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Allen felt that Celtics fans would not judge him too harshly for leaving to play for Miami:
Privately, Ray Allen had insisted to people that he didn't believe the city of Boston would be too hard on him for signing with Miami.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2012
Allen believes the capital he's built up playing for UConn and the Celtics would supercede signing with Miami. He's probably misjudged that.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2012
Allen played for the Uconn Huskies from 1993 to 1996, and has played for the Celtics from 2007 to 2012. Despite his key role in the Celtics successes of recent years, including crucial performances in Boston's championship win in the 2008 NBA Finals, it seems safe to say that Allen might need to adjust his expectations about how fans will react.