Former Celtic Allred pens book about playing overseas

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Former Celtic Allred pens book about playing overseas

By Jessica Camerato
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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 SI.com 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.

SI.com: 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.

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

Allred: No.

SI.com: 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 http:twitter.com!JCameratoNBA.

Brad Stevens podcast: 'Only goal around here is a championship'

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Brad Stevens podcast: 'Only goal around here is a championship'

Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine talk with Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens at Celtics Media Day about raised expectations for the upcoming season, how Al Horford will fit, can Isaiah Thomas build off an All-Star season, and how high are his goals. 

Plus, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss whether or not some critiscism could come Stevens' way if the Celtics doesn't perform well in the playoffs.

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C's players mull how to utilize platform as athletes for social commentary

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C's players mull how to utilize platform as athletes for social commentary

WALTHAM -- The national anthem protests by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick have had an undeniable ripple effect on professional sports teams across the country. And that includes the Boston Celtics.
 
“We as an organization know what’s going on,” said Marcus Smart. “We read and see and hear about it every day. It’s a sensitive subject for everybody.”
 
While it’s unlikely that Celtics players will do something similar to Kaepernick taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, there’s no question some are figuring out the best way to utilize their platform as athletes to express their views on current social issues.
 
“Us athletes have to take advantage of the stage we’re on,” said Jae Crowder. “Try to make a positive out it. You can’t fix negative problems with negative energy. I don’t want to do anything negative; I want to do something positive, shed light on the situation.”
 
Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and a number of professional athletes have tried to have more attention paid to recent killings of African-Americans by police officers where, based on the video footage, it appears excessive or unnecessary force was used.
 
It is a topic that has brought a wide range of responses from many in the sports world, including the dean of NBA coaches, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.
 
During the Spurs’ media day this week, he was asked about the Kaepernick’s protests.
 
“I absolutely understand why they’re doing what they’re doing, and I respect their courage for what they’ve done,” Popovich told reporters. “The question is whether it will do any good or not because it seems that change really seems to happen through political pressure, no matter how you look at it.”
 
As examples of the political pressure he was referring to, Popovich mentioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ability to galvanize group, as well as the NBA and other organizations pulling their events out of the state of North Carolina because of its legislation as it relates to the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
 
“The important thing that Kaepernick and others have done is keep it in the conversation,” Popovich said.
 
And while there may be differing opinions as to whether Kaepernick or any other athlete should be protesting, the one common thread that seems to bind the Celtics players and the front office is them having the right to speak out not only as professional athletes, but Americans.
 
“The biggest thing is we all really value the freedoms that we have and that we’ve been allotted,” said coach Brad Stevens, who added that he has had individual discussions with players on this subject. “We certainly support an individual’s freedoms. It’s been great to engage in those discussions. It’s been really fun for me how excited our guys are about using their platform.”
 
And that more than anything else is why Crowder feels the Celtics have to have a united front as far as the message they present to the masses.
 
“If we want change we have to do it together,” Crowder said. “I feel like those guys (other athletes) used their platforms well. I think more athletes should do the same. You can’t do it with any hatred; you can’t do it with any negative. You have to do it with positive energy.”