|Ray Allen ‘will deal with whatever emotions are’ in TD Garden Sunday||01.27.13 at 8:00 am ET|
LeBron James doesn’t anticipate a warm reception for Ray Allen from the TD Garden crowd Sunday afternoon.
“I don’t expect it to be good,” James told the Miami Herald. “If you don’t wear green in that building, they don’t like you. We’re there for him.”
Allen – the guard who spurned the Celtics’ two-year, $12 million offer in favor of the Heat’s two-year, $6 million deal – isn’t quite sure what to expect.
“I will deal with whatever emotions there are,” he told the newspaper. “You never know until you get there. Regardless of how they respond to me, it won’t change how I feel. I have great memories.”
Allen is coming off the bench for the Heat, playing nine fewer minutes per game than a year ago (to 25.5 mpg). He is also averaging a career-low 11.4 points per game. The guard is, however, shooting better than his career average, both from the field (45.8 percent) and on threes (44.3 percent).
“I’ve moved on, but who I was as a Celtic will always be inside of me,” he told the newspaper. “I look back and think about all the great times that we had. I will always cherish those moments there.”
Added Miami teammate Dwyane Wade, “We just want to play well for him.”