Celtics' Allen speaks on age, NBA lockout


Celtics' Allen speaks on age, NBA lockout

By Jimmy Toscano

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."


Celtics second in Larry Sanders’ Twitter poll for his next team


Celtics second in Larry Sanders’ Twitter poll for his next team

Veteran forward Larry Sanders, who hasn’t played since December of 2014, has taken to Twitter to get feedback on “Which team do you believe will utilize my skills the best?”

So far, it’s his last team, the Milwaukee Bucks leading, with the Celtics edging the Cavaliers for second place.  

Sanders, 27, has been away from basketball after two drug-related suspensions and issues with anxiety and depression led him to accept a buyout from the Bucks.  The 6-11 Sanders was a solid rim protector. He averaged 1.8 blocks a game in his career. Could the Celtics, with an already crowded roster, take a flyer on him as a low-cost option? 


Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’ on racial issues


Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’ on racial issues

By Dan Feldman, Pro Basketball Talk

Michael Jordan might have never said “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

But that quote has defined him politically.

Whether the perception has been fair or not, he’s clearly trying to change it.

Jordan in ESPN's The Undefeated:

As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.

Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change.

To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

You can read Jordan’s full statement here.