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Former Celtic Allred pens book about playing overseas


Former Celtic Allred pens book about playing overseas

By Jessica Camerato Follow @JCameratoNBA
Back in 2007, Lance Allred was a member of the Boston Celtics Summer League Team that included Rajon Rondo, Glen Davis, Gerald Green, Leon Powe, Allan Ray, and Brandon Wallace. (And who can forget about Andreas Glyniadakis. Now does it sound familiar?)

Allred averaged just over four points and three rebounds a game for the Cs before continuing his journey throughout basketball, which has taken him to the NBA, D-League, and Europe.

So why is his name being mentioned now?

The 30-year-old big man, who already published the memoir Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA, recently wrote a second book, Basketball Gods: The Transformation of the Enlightened Jock.

Even though Allred has played in a total of only three NBA games (Cleveland Cavaliers, 2008 season), he has been through the same situation many current players are facing during the lockout the option of going overseas.

Allred talked to about his book, which touches upon several critical issues to consider about playing outside of the NBA as more and more buzz surrounding international signings emerges during this period. So let our readers in on this: How big is the gap between the teams you played for outside the top 15 or so European clubs and the very best clubs over there?

Allred: Its definitely a lot nicer with those clubs. Id say there are a dozen clubs and just a dozen that give you really good living conditions. Editor's note: Even playing on those teams involves long bus rides and other non-glamorous, day-to-day stuff. But those clubs still are very much a part of your daily life outside of basketball. In the NBA, you show up to work and get your job done, and they dont ask about your personal life. In Europe, theyll tell you where to be, and if you leave your apartment, they know. Its like you're on lockdown.

--- Your contract with that team was for 160,000. Did you ever see any of that money?

Allred: No. You went from there to another Italian team, and then to a Ukranian team. Youve played in the NBA and in the D-League. After taxes, how much money have you actually made playing basketball?

Allred: About 120,000. Thats over five years, so youre talking less than 30,000 per year. Its not nearly as lucrative for someone like me as people imagine.

Former Celtics center Nenad Krstic was one of the first players to leave the NBA this summer, signing a multi-year deal with CSKA Moscow. Since then several others have been linked to international teams, including Deron Williams and Sasha Vujacic, both of whom have joined clubs in Turkey.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at!JCameratoNBA.

NBA adds 'Harden Rule' and 'Zaza Rule' for players' safety


NBA adds 'Harden Rule' and 'Zaza Rule' for players' safety

NEW YORK - NBA referees will be able to call flagrant or technical fouls on defenders who dangerously close on jump shooters without allowing them space to land, as Zaza Pachulia did on the play that injured Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in last season's playoffs.

Officials will also make sure jump shooters are in their upward shooting motion when determining if a perimeter foul is worthy of free throws, which could cut down on James Harden's attempts after he swings his arms into contact.

The new rules interpretations are being unofficially called the "Harden Rule" and the "Zaza Rule". The Washington Wizards accused the Celtics' Al Horford of a dangerous closeout on Markieff Morris that injured Morris and knocked him out of Game 1 of their playoff series two weeks before the Pachulia-Leonard play.

Leonard sprained his ankle when Pachulia slid his foot under Leonard's in Game 1 of Golden State's victory in the Western Conference finals. After calling a foul, officials will now be able to look at a replay to determine if the defender recklessly positioned his foot in an unnatural way, which could trigger an upgrade to a flagrant, or a technical if there was no contact but an apparent attempt to injure.

"It's 100 percent for the safety of the players," NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia said Thursday.

The NBA had made the freedom to land a point of emphasis for officials a few years ago, because of the risk of injuries. 

Officials can still rule the play a common foul if they did not see a dangerous or unnatural attempt by the defender upon review. Borgia said Pachulia's foul would have been deemed a flagrant.

With the fouls on the perimeter shots - often coming when the offensive player has come off a screen and quickly attempts to launch a shot as his defender tries to catch up - officials will focus on the sequencing of the play. The player with the ball must already be in his shooting motion when contact is made, rather than gathering the ball to shoot such as on a drive to the basket.

"We saw it as a major trend in the NBA so we had to almost back up and say, `Well, wait a minute, this is going to be a trend, so let's catch up to it,"' NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell said.