LeBron shuts down talk on Brooklyn’s former Celtics

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LeBron James puts a gag order on himself regarding the Nets that head to Brooklyn in a trade from the Celtics.

A day after LeBron James made headlines for chastising Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry for attacking Ray Allen’s decision to leave Boston, James put a gag order on himself as it relates to discussing the Nets.

“I’m not commenting on any more teams or players,” James said before the start of Thursday’s preseason game against the Nets, when asked an innocuous question about the Nets’ chances of contending for a title. “I have no idea (if the Nets can contend for a championship).”

James did talk expansively about the joy he got from finally jettisoning the Celtics, which included Garnett and Pierce, from his playoff disappointments, but he refrained from the sort of provocative comments he made on Wednesday that seemed to further stoke the rivalry between himself and the former Celtics now on the Nets.

“It’s always fun playing against the Celtics, championship DNA, guys who have a lot of pride and you had to kill those guys,” James said. “They wouldn’t stop. They got me a few times and I was able to get them a few times. It was great fun playing against the Celtics.”

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Kevin Garnett (l.) is critical of Ray Allen for leaving Boston but approves a trade to the Nets a season later.

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Kevin Garnett (l.) is critical of Ray Allen for leaving Boston but approves a trade to the Nets a season later.

James was critical of the three players for taking Allen to task for leaving Boston as a free agent before last season to sign with the Heat. Those same players — Garnett, Pierce and Terry — then left a rebuilding Celtics club in a July blockbuster trade for Brooklyn. Garnett waived the no-trade clause in his contact to accept the deal.

“The first thing that I thought was like, ‘Wow, Ray (Allen) got killed for leaving Boston and now these guys are leaving Boston,” James told reporters on Wednesday. “I think it’s OK. I don’t mind it, but there was a couple guys that basically (criticized) Ray for leaving and everybody else is leaving.”

Following Allen’s departure, Garnett admitted he no longer had Allen’s number in his phone, and Terry lauded the decision by Pierce to remain a Celtic last season, taking a veiled swipe at Allen. Pierce also chimed in, saying he had yet to forgive Allen for leaving.

Miami’s Chris Bosh also stuck up for Allen following the Heat’s morning shootaround in Manhattan.

“People can sometimes speak too soon and then they’re in the same situation,” Bosh told the Daily News. “I always try to empathize with other people, put myself in their shoes, and not criticize or judge too much because the same thing might happen and then now what? Now everyone’s acting like they don’t remember and it just happened a year ago. So we don’t pay too much attention to it.” 


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