Ray Allen has a not-so-surprising message for basketball fans: Don't blame the players. He knows people are upset about the lockout, but he tells Comcast SportsNet New England's Kyle Draper that the players are ready to go.
"One thing people need to always remember and know is that the players are ready to play right now," Allen said. "We've been comfortable with what we've done and what concessions we've made. We've given back so many concessions to this day.
"There's been so much backlash toward the players, I just want people to know that the players are standing tall ready to play this game. But there's only so much that we can give."
Allen said that his first concern isn't the players' salaries right now, but he wants to insure that players in the future have the same opportunities he did.
"In any community anywhere around the world, your parents teach you to make a stand for something," Allen said. "We're not only basketball players, we're business men, too. A lot of us have made a great deal of money. Me, I'm at the end of my career , but I want to protect what we have for the future generations, for that five year old kid now that's gonna grow up and play in this league."
Then came the question that no Celtics fan wanted to hear: What if The Big Three have seen their final games together as members of the Celtics? If the season is cancelled, it's a possibility that they don't play together in Boston again.
"I don't worry about that," Allen said. I've never worried about my future . . . This organization is a winning organization, being a part of it is where all of us want to be. Wherever we go from here, we hope it's still in tact."
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that US democracy still works even there are extreme factors that our founding fathers couldn’t possibly have imagined.
*Edmonton Oilers reclamation project Zack Kassian continues his journey from villain to hero in the eyes of the Oil Faithful.
*Old warrior Chris Neil is weighing NHL offers right now along with a number of other older veterans still waiting for the right situation to present itself for next season. Many of these veterans are probably going to have to report to training camps on tryout agreements and beat out younger players for jobs, and that may be exactly what happens with a grizzled, tough old bird like Neil. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bruins bring in a veteran or two on PTO agreements in camp, and that could be the ultimate fate for guys like Neil, Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan and even Thomas Vanek.
*The Vegas Golden Knights are still looking to inspire with a developing locker room message as their maiden voyage still awaits this season.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has longtime Habs defenseman Andrei Markov leaving for the KHL after he couldn’t come to an agreement to stay in Montreal with the Canadiens.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ryan Kennedy has a prospects mailbag at this quiet point in the summer, and he’s very, very high on Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat.
*The Hockey News details why somebody needs to step up and sign the legendary Jaromir Jagr as one of the aforementioned veteran forwards still looking for a job.
*For something completely different: Solid Steve Lattimer reference in this Pro Football Talk story about performance enhancing drugs.
BOSTON — David Price is going to the disabled list rather than making his scheduled start Friday, a baseball source told CSNNE on Friday. Lefty Brian Johnson is expected to start in his place against the Royals.
Price's elbow is believed to have started to hurt him on the road trip the Red Sox finished on Wednesday, a baseball source said, but it's not 100 percent clear when this present health situation originated. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Price went for an MRI on his elbow Thursday.
The lefty missed two months to begin the season because of an elbow/forearm inury. The nature of that injury was never specificed by the team but was later referred to by Price as a torn elbow.
The timing is notable because of the controversy surrounding Price and his confrontation with Dennis Eckersley.
The Globe's Dan Shaughnessy first reported Price could land on the DL because of the elbow.