Kevin Garnett Dissing Ray Allen in Celtics vs. Heat Opener Is Childish

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2012

Oct 26, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) dribbles during the second half against the New Orleans Hornets at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

It didn't take long for Ray Allen to get a taste of what has made former teammate Kevin Garnett one of the most disliked opponents in the NBA.

In a delicious twist of scheduling, the Boston Celtics faced the Miami Heat on the latest season's opening night. 

KG has no love for those he is playing against, and he is a constant presence in unflattering polls, like this one by Sports Illustrated where he was voted one of the dirtiest players in the NBA. 

Apparently, when it comes to former teammates, KG isn't as dirty as he is childish. He's pretending Ray Allen does not exist. Check it out: 

This incident occurred prior to Allen's entrance into the game in the closing minutes of the first quarter and came right after Ray had quick hugs and words with Doc Rivers and the Celtics coaches. I think Ray had a good inkling this was coming. After all, he did just jump ship to the enemy, and as the USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt points out, he has not spoken with his former teammate since. 

Ray didn't care, though. My guess is he wanted to put Garnett in a position to ignore him and make a fool of himself in the process. 

I understand being a fierce competitor, but there are better ways to go about it than simply ignoring someone. How about a little trash talk or an icy stare? Acting as if the opponent doesn't exist is no way to get in his head.  

I get that Garnett's feelings are hurt, but get over it. The NBA is a business, and players are forced to make tough decisions. Allen made the one that is best for his career. 

This doesn't mean Garnett has to wish Allen well; just accept the reality of the situation and acknowledge the presence of a teammate who helped him claim an NBA championship.

The bottom line is Ray came off looking like the bigger man, and if we were going to determine a psychological winner of the exchange, it would clearly be Allen.

Of course, the other thing to take away from this is that the NBA is back, as the Orlando Magic's Al Harrington pointed out with this tweet:

KG did not like Ray Allen touching him just Now. #heatvsceltics #NBAISBACK #nbatnt

— al harrington (@cheddahcheese7) October 31, 2012

This is going to be an intense rivalry all season long!