Celtics' Allen speaks on age, NBA lockout

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Celtics' Allen speaks on age, NBA lockout

By Jimmy Toscano
CSNNE.com

Ray Allen is a big golfer -- one of the lowest handicaps in the NBA as a matter of fact. It appears as though he'll have a lot more time to work on his golf game, being that we're now 46 days in and the NBA lockout is nowhere near a conclusion.

"It's interesting that you counted," Allen told Comcast SportsNet's Kyle Draper Monday at his charity golf tournament in Cromwell, CT. "You've been counting -- 46. It's interesting because at this juncture of the summer, it's pretty much just business as usual. For most of the players when you start to see games missed, that's when there's more that comes into play."

Allen has a point. It may be all fun and games now for a lot of NBA superstars. The financial aspect of the lockout undoubtedly hasn't hit many of the players. But come October, November, etc., when the checks aren't rolling in, maybe then will players and owners start to get serious about a season.

"We'd like to speed the process up and put urgency out there now," Allen said, "but right now it seems as though we're not moving forward like we'd like. For us players, we just have to keep our bodies together and keep our minds sharp, because you never know when it will break."

Allen doesn't have to worry about that. He's been keeping in top shape even before he entered the NBA, and has been through one lockout in his career. While a number of NBA players past let the lockout affect their careers, Allen's continued to blossom after. Now 36, he's not blossoming anymore. But at the same time, he's still competing with the best of them. In fact, last season he set career highs in field goal percentage (.491) and three-point field goal percentage (.444).

The same age-is-just-a-number mentality also applies to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, two more future NBA Hall of Famers. Many skeptics say that the team is too old -- washed up -- now to compete for an NBA championship, but Allen knows that isn't true.

"If you go back to 2008, that was our last year," he said, mockingly. "2009 was our last year, 2010 was our last year, 2011 was our last year. I think we truly have proven to be very resilient regardless of what has happened. You win a championship or you don't. We get knocked down we're ready to get back up again. We're going to fight, we're going to fight no matter what."

And if you think that, lockout or not, this is the last time you'll see the Big Three in Green, maybe you ought to think again. Allen doesn't seem to see it that way.

"When it comes down to it, we look to be in Boston for a lot longer than just this year."

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
 
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
 
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
 
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
 
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
 
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
 
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
 
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
 
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
 
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”