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Ray Allen just won his second ring, and it was not in as Celtic uniform. Last summer Allen was given the choice between a bigger contract that came with a starting role in Boston vs heading to South Beach to play with LeBron James and a chance at a ring. This past week it was made clear why Allen made this choice, with the Miami Heat beating the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals in 7 games, giving them their second championship in two years. Allen did give up millions of dollars to come to Miami, but in the end Allen got what mattered to him most, a 2nd championship ring.
During the finals Allen was a key contributor, and shot 54 percent from three. One of those threes was arguably the most important shot in the series, a clutch corner three with just 5.2 seconds left to tie game 6 and force a overtime. The Heat would end up winning the game in overtime and go on to win the title. Allen finished the finals with an average 10.2 points per game and is the only Connecticut Husky to have won two NBA Championship rings in the school’s history.
Now Allen continues to add to his already impressive resume. Allen is a two-time champion and has scored 23,804 points over the span of his career. Additionally, Allen has been selected to ten all star games and owns the record for three point field-goals made all time. Although a class act, many in Boston will never forgive Allen for turning his back on the Celtics and joining the Heat.
During the recent NBA regular season Kevin Garnett expressed how Boston fans were feeling when he refused to acknowledge Allen and shake hands during pre game warmups. The Celtics battled the Heat year in and year out and it was evident that Garnett did not respect Allen’s choice to leave the Celtics and join their apparent rival. Garnett is as old-school as they get in the NBA, and with Allen winning his 2nd ring, it might take a while until he is able to forgive Allen for giving the Celtics the cold shoulder.