Ray Allen On WFAN: The Best Fit For LeBron James Is In New York

Boomer and Gio
June 27, 2018 - 11:36 am

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Soon-to-be Hall of Famer Ray Allen was a part of two of the original “super teams," winning championships with the likes of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in Boston and LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami.

The two-time NBA champion joined WFAN’s "Boomer & Gio" on Wednesday to discuss how NBA front offices put together a “super team" as well as playing with James and his possible free agency.

“When you look at championship teams, you really understand that once you put that core group of guys together, it’s really about what you start to assemble around it,” Allen said. “You look at what Danny Ainge did for us in Boston, even when I was traded to Boston, then Kevin (Garnett) was brought in, and then he was still adding pieces to the fold. ... All of those things weigh in a team’s favor because a GM still continues to work no matter what you do over the offseason.”

Allen, who joined James with the Heat in 2012, went on to discuss what it's like to have the four-time MVP as a teammate.

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“Ultimately, when you look at great players and great teams, you see the selflessness that takes place on a nightly basis," Allen said. "You don’t worry about statistics. Your ultimate goal is to get that No. 1 seed because you know what it’s going to mean deep into June. LeBron is an extremely incredible teammate because he does make the guys around him better.”

James' potential free agency this summer has been the topic of much speculation, and Allen shed light on the likelihood that James will eventually play in Los Angeles.

“He comes from Cleveland and goes to Miami, and you get a taste of the good life," he said. "After games, you are sitting outside on the beach, living on water, living such a different lifestyle. Then you go back to Cleveland and it's pack up shop again, we’re living indoors for about 10 months out of the year. So, there is that constant search or quest for trying to find that easy balance. He (LeBron James) has family as well, and you want to put them in a good situation. So LA is super enticing (and) him having a home there it is a huge draw for him.”

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Although the speculation seems to center on James heading to Los Angeles, Allen expressed that New York would be the best landing spot for him.

“Even before he chose to go to Miami, I thought, you know we call him the king, and the best place for the king is in Gotham City," Allen said. "I always felt that New York City was the best place, because when the NBA is at its best is when the Knicks are great.”

Allen will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September.

To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.