WINTER PARK, Fla. — Celtics coach Doc Rivers was tanned and refreshed after a few weeks of golf following the season. His smile, however, could not hide his disappointment in losing Ray Allen to the rival Miami Heat.
“I’m just disappointed, he should have stayed,” Rivers said before the Celtics’ summer league entry began practice at Rollins College. “We recruited him just as hard [as Miami]. We talked [after he agreed to a three-year contract with the Heat]. It was a good talk. When a guy makes his mind up, I am not going to try to change it. I respect him for all he did for us, but I thought he should have stayed with us.”