Source: Boston Globe
Doc Rivers took the blame Wednesday for the departure of Ray Allen to the Miami Heat, telling Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that he had to make some tough decisions that likely hastened Allen's exit.
Rivers said it was his decision to empower Rajon Rondo as the team's floor leader in the last couple of seasons, a decision he knew Allen had issues with.
"Think about everything [Allen] said when he left," said Rivers. "'I want to be more of a part of the offense.' Everything was back at Rondo. And I look at that, and say, 'That's not Rondo's fault.' That's what I wanted Rondo to do, and that's what Rondo should've done. Because that's Rondo's ability. He's the best passer in the league. He has the best feel in the league. He's not a great shooter, so he needs the ball in his hands to be effective. And that bothered Ray."
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