Allen: Players are ready to play

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Allen: Players are ready to play

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."

Tanguay: No pressure, Al, but Celts' postseason success hinges on you

Tanguay: No pressure, Al, but Celts' postseason success hinges on you

Hey, Al Horford. No pressure, but these upcoming playoffs are on you. 

The Celtics are having a great REGULAR season. But for this postseason to be anything but regular, Al needs to come up big.

To his credit, he's done that recently. But he need to play even better in the playoffs. Better isn’t even the right word. Power. That’s it: Power. Horford needs to play with more power. 

The problem is this has never really been his game, and therefore it may prove the Celtics overpaid when they gave him a max contract. 

During his 74 postseason games with the Hawks, Horford averaged 12.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. This season he has averaged 6.9 rebounds for the Celtics. There's no way his rebounding numbers an be that low in the playoffs. 

I want at least 18 points and 8 rebounds per game from him over the course of the Celts post season run. And NO THREEs. I know the guy can shoot, but he needs to keep that 6-foot-10 body of his twelve feet or less from the hoop. 

So if the Celtics let you down or underperform this spring, it won't be on Isaiah. It will be on you, Al. 

Again, no pressure. 

Report: Patriots asked Seahawks about a trade for Richard Sherman

Report: Patriots asked Seahawks about a trade for Richard Sherman

PHOENIX -- The Patriots pulled off what many considered a surprise free-agent signing when they acquired corner Stephon Gilmore. As it turns out, before they picked up the former Bills cover man, they inquried about a separate move that would have been even more eye-opening. 

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, ahead of coming to a deal with Gilmore, the Patriots were among the teams that spoke to the Seahawks about a potential trade for Richard Sherman.

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During the NFC coaches breakfast on Wednesday morning at the Arizona Biltmore, Seattle coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that multiple teams have contacted the Seahawks about Sherman. But, Carroll said, "I don't see anything happening at all."

Sherman, who turns 29 next season, will make $11.431 million for 2017. He's due $11 million in the final year of his contract in 2018.