Imagine that you are one of three people to revive a company.  You make it to the top and then everyone decides to bring in a fourth guy to the company.  You agree because you promoted within the company and you know the guy.  After a few years the company is getting a bit stale and out dated and you are not getting along with the fourth partner you agreed to bring in.  It gets to the point where the other two original members want you to help the company from the sidelines and start a new “Big Three” without you.

What would you do?  Play your role knowing your unhappy and things are not going your way?  Continue to take the paycheck because of loyalty and history? And what if a company that 2nd best in your field two years ago, and number one last year ask for your services in a similar role, less money, but a chance at more success?  This was the situation faced by Ray Allen.

We perceive Ray Allen as a traitor, because how could he leave his boys and go to the enemy?  Well where were his friends when they benched Ray Allen?  Where were his friends Rajon Rondo became the new “Big Three”?  Doc Rivers even admits he didn’t handle the situation well, and he felt he was part of the reason Ray left.  If your job showed you this much disregard how would you react, honestly.  Strip away the millions and the brotherhood and look at the NBA as a job and majority of us would have been looking for a new gig.  Ray Allen’s new gig just happened to be with the defending world champs and the #1 villain in Cleveland LeBron “King got a Ring” James.

Kevin Garnets childish behavior over the matter is ridiculous, be hurt I understand that it’s a human response, but get over it.  Should Minnesota feel bad that you left and “lose your number” because you helped build something there and moved on?  No they respected your decision and still showed you love when you walk into the arena.  Trust me KG I feel you, that was your brother, you shared your greatest career accomplishment with him, but we all move on especially when you feel disrespected.

My favorite quote from Wall Street is:

Bud Fox: How much is enough?
Gordon Gekko: It’s not a question of enough, pal. It’s a zero sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses. Money itself isn’t lost or made, it’s simply transferred from one perception to another

Everybody should respect Ray Allen’s decision because he made it out of winning first and second showing the Celtics organization, and Rondo that he still has something left in the tank.  So how much is enough when you feel disrespected?  Or does only winning or losing matter?  How does the perception of Ray Allen change in your mind, because who he plays with?

Jason

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