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."

Kevin Walsh: An unforgettable encounter with Arnold Palmer

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Kevin Walsh: An unforgettable encounter with Arnold Palmer

With the passing of Arnold Palmer, CSN's Kevin Walsh looks back on an unforgettable encounter he had with the golf legend

It was May 2000.  I had just finished playing golf at Pebble Beach.  I walked out of the clubhouse and a Lincoln Town Car pulled up to the putting green, Arnold Palmer hopped out. It was as if he’d fallen out of the sky. 

I had my tape recorder with me and asked if I could ask him a few questions about being a caddy in his younger years in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. 

“Yes, but I have only about five minutes,” he said.

I was very nervous and having trouble putting the cassette tape into the recorder.  He eventually took it out of my hands and did it for me. 

My nerves were gone.

So we’re talking and the door to The Lodge bursts open and a guy yells “Hey Arnold!  We’re in the bar having a beer!”

“Well,” Arnold yells back, “Order me one!”

Arnold was hard of hearing.  He saddled up next to me, and tilted his head so I could talk right into his ear. I couldn’t believe I was talking directly into Arnold Palmer’s ear. He was practically stepping on my feet. He wore tiny hearing aids that were only visible if you were as close as I was.

After ten minutes of talking, I reminded him that he had friends waiting, and a beer that was probably warm by that time.  He wanted to make sure that I had enough.  I did and I was beaming.  I’m not sure my feet touched the ground on the walk back to the car.  

Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away at 87

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Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away at 87

Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, "The King," died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems.

Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went well beyond his seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins. His good looks, devilish grin and go-for-broke manner made the elite sport appealing to one and all. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity.

Beyond his golf, Palmer was a pioneer in sports marketing, paving the way for scores of other athletes to reap in millions from endorsements. Some four decades after his last PGA Tour win, he ranked among the highest-earners in golf.

On the golf course, Palmer was an icon not for how often he won, but the way he did it.