Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea, who was ejected Monday night for an altercation with Ray Allen and directed obscenities toward Allen as he left the floor, had strong words for the Heat’s guard after the game.
“I’ve been playing in the NBA seven years,” Barea told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I get hit harder than that every night. I don’t get up crying, I don’t want to fight. [Former Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew] Bynum almost knocked me out for the rest of my life. I didn’t get up crying. It was just a little bump, it’s part of the game. Don’t be like that.”
Allen said he was surprised by the hard foul. Barea, who thought Allen should have been called for an offensive foul seconds earlier, floored Allen with a hard bump, Allen went after Barea, and the two had to be separated.
Said Allen: “I thought it was uncalled for. There’s no place for that in this game. You’re not scaring me, I’m not backing down. The fact he got ejected by the referees, that was their judgment call. I didn’t egg that on. They made that judgment. I’m just glad I kept my composure. I’ve managed to keep a level head during my career.”
Asked if he had ever seen Allen that mad, Heat guard Dwyane Wade smiled. “Only against me.”
Timberwolves’ J.J. Barea rips Miami Heat’s Ray Allen for ‘crying’
Miami Herald | Mar 6