After five years with the Boston Celtics, Ray Allen chose to sign with the Miami Heat as a free agent during the offseason. He and his new team open the season against Boston tomorrow and it's going to be anything but a happy reunion. There is definite tension between both parties, particularly because the Heat defeated the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals last season and Allen accomplished so much while playing in Boston, winning a championship in 2008 and breaking the record for most career three-pointers in 2011. Needless to say, tomorrow's game should have plenty of fireworks as the "feud" will surely be settled.
However, Allen is not the first player to leave their longtime team in favor of a fresh start elsewhere. In fact, it's almost shocking how acrimonious his divorce from the Celtics has become. Utah Jazz fans' hearts were collectively broken in 2003 when star forward Karl Malone chose to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in hopes of closing out his career with a championship, and that was definitely a more blatant shot at a team than Allen's situation.
In fact, in terms of revenge games played throughout NBA history, one would be surprised as to how Allen's matches up against those of others.