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.

Celtics to begin season with Marcus Smart on the shelf

Celtics to begin season with Marcus Smart on the shelf

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Boston Celtics will be a bit shorthanded for the first few games of the season with Marcus Smart being out with a left ankle sprain injury.
The Celtics were holding out slim hope that it would heal in time for tomorrow’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Smart confirmed a report shortly after the injury on October 19 that it would likely be at least a couple weeks before he returned to action.
Following Tuesday’s practice, one in which Smart watched from the sidelines, he gave an update on his ankle injury which occurred in the Celtics’ last preseason game, a 121-96 loss to the New York Knicks.
“A couple weeks, that’s the projection (of a return) they gave me,” Smart said. “They want to make sure we can limit this from happening again.”
Smart said the two-week timetable began from the time of his injury, which means it’s likely that he will miss the Celtics’ first four games of the season.
That’s a much rosier timetable than the left ankle sprain injury Smart suffered as a rookie which kept him sidelined for several weeks afterwards.
“It shouldn’t be too long,” Smart said. “Better safe than sorry.”
His absence will certainly have an impact on a Celtics defense that ranked among the NBA’s best a year ago, and has only gotten stronger with the addition of Al Horford.
But the Celtics have been a "next man up" team for since Stevens has been the head coach. With Smart out, that’s not going to change.
“That’ll be a great opportunity for someone else to step up in his place,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.
Boston guard Isaiah Thomas echoed similar thoughts.
“When somebody’s hurt, the next man has to step up,” Thomas said. “Guys have to take advantage of these opportunities.”
And for Smart, it’ll mean displaying his leadership skills from the sideline.
He’s totally comfortable taking on that role right now.
For his teammates, it might take a little bit of getting used to. Smart has been very loquacious on the Celtics sideline since suffering the injury.
“These last four days, he has been yelling … I told him to shut up a few times,” quipped Isaiah Thomas. “That’s just him, especially when he’s not playing. He’s very vocal.”
Terry Rozier, the likely benefactor in terms of minutes played due to Smart’s injury, agreed.
“He’s been sitting right there in that seat,” said Rozier, adding, “and he hasn’t shut up yet. It’s good; you’re going to need a guy like that who is going to talk to you. It’s like a guy, he says things … it’s like he’s been in the league 10 years. He knows his stuff.”
Smart’s knowledge bank includes understanding that his current injury will probably happen again at some point. The key isn’t dealing with the injury, but how you move forward from it.
“This isn’t my first ankle sprain and I know it won’t be my last,” Smart said. “I just have to let it heal on its own and let your body do what it does.”