Boston fans are always prepared. Today they are preparing for the return of Ray Allen to the TD Garden in a Miami Heat uniform.
With the news that Dwyane Wade will need surgical repair and will be out for 8 weeks, it would appear that Ray Allen will also return to basketball on a team as a starting guard.
This likely would have been the scenario if he had stayed with Boston. It now appears that Avery Bradley, young hotshot and Rondo's acolyte, will also be mending after surgical repair.
In Boston the debate now rages as to how many boos Ray Allen should suffer in punishment.
Will he merely be cascaded with negative feeling at the game's start? Will he receive boo upon boo as he hits each three-pointer? Shall he receive a standing boo bash as he wins the game with clutch play?
Inquiring fans want to know which way to jump and how high.
This all precedes the ultimate debate of whether the Celtics will now ever retire Ray's number 20 or save it for some walk-on stiff who shows up in February.
Years from now there may be a different feeling for Ray Allen, especially if his throat cutting ways leave the Celtics losers in the next season of playoffs.
Then again, if Ray-like Bobby Orr-has gone to a new team and hobbles around for a short time before retiring, then all vindictive emotions may be purged.
In the meantime, like good Scouts, the Boston fans must be prepared for any eventuality.
We should fear Ray Allen in his return because, if he has been motivated to stick it to the Celtics, he is not yet done.