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.

Don't expect to see Celtics shy away from 3-pointers

Don't expect to see Celtics shy away from 3-pointers

BOSTON – There were a bunch of numbers from Boston’s 121-114 loss to Detroit on Wednesday that stood out. 

Among the eye-grabbing stats was the fact that the Celtics had taken 42 3s (with 15 makes), an unusually high number of attempts that we may see matched or even surpassed tonight against the Sacramento Kings. 

Don’t count head coach Brad Stevens among those surprised to see the Celtics attempt a lot of three-pointers. 

Last season the Celtics took 26.1 three-pointers per game which ranked 11th in the NBA. 

This season they’re up to 31.2 three-pointers attempted and 11.3 made which both rank fifth in the NBA. 

You can count Kelly Olynyk among the Celtics pleased with the team's increased emphasis on shooting 3s. 

The 7-foot led the NBA in shooting percentage (.405) on 3s taken last season.

"We play a lot of spread offense with four shooters, four perimeter guys," Olynyk, who is shooting 38.1 percent on 3s this season, told "We're trying to make teams shrink their defense and spray out and hopefully make shots. You're making extra passes, giving up good ones for great ones. And we have some pretty good shooters on our team. That's the way we're trying to play. It's just a matter of us making shots."

And the Celtics face a Kings team ranks among the NBA’s worst at limiting 3-point attempts with Sacramento opponents averaging 28.4 three-pointers taken per game which ranks 25th in the league. 

One of Stevens’ main points about three-pointers is while it’s an important shot for them, they need to be the right shot, the right basketball play at the right time. 

And when asked about the 42 attempts against the Pistons, he was quick to acknowledge those were for the most part the right shots to be taken. 

“They are,” Stevens said. “At the end of the day we want lay-ups. And if we don’t get layups, we want the floor to be shrunk. If the defense shrinks in, you’re able to touch the paint and kick out. Two of our last three games, maybe three of the last four, two-thirds of our possessions we touched the paint or shrunk the defense with a roll. That’s our objective. We’re not a team that gets to the foul line a lot. We’re not a team that rebounds at a high rate. And we haven’t scored in transition. To be able to be sitting where we are offensively, a big reason is because we space the floor.”

Barnes, Cousins trying to keep 'emotions and energy focused'

Barnes, Cousins trying to keep 'emotions and energy focused'

BOSTON – No one is proclaiming DeMarcus Cousins’ demeanor is all that radically different than past seasons. 

But the volatile nature that has often overshadowed his on-the-court-brilliance, doesn’t seem to shine as brightly as it used to. 

Maybe he’s growing up. 

Maybe he’s finally comfortable with his team. 

And then there’s the almighty dollar which was the incentive for one of his teammates, Matt Barnes, to clean up his act as far as racking up technical fouls and being fined by the league. 

I asked Barnes whether there was a light bulb moment or a teammate or player that helped him get on track and not draw so much attention from officials and the league office. 

“It was all the money I was being fined,” he said. “I think I lost like $600,000 over my career for fines. It was time to kind of wake and say ‘hey, they don’t like you so you have to stick to the book.’”

With Barnes returning to Sacramento (he played for the Kings during the 2004-2005 season), he finds an intense, kindred spirit of sorts in Cousins who like Barnes has had his share of technical and fines handed down by the league office. 

This season, Cousins is the NBA’s leader in technical fouls with six. 

“I’ve always had a good head on my shoulders,” Barnes said. “I’m just a passionate player. I play with my emotion on my sleeve. I think DeMarcus does the same thing. What I’m trying to show him now, we have to keep our emotions and energy focused towards the right things. That could be detrimental to the team if it gets out of hand.”

First-year coach Dave Joerger has been pleased to see how different Cousins is to be around on a daily basis as opposed to how he’s perceived. 

“He gets credit for his talent. He gets credit that he’s improved in the league,” Joerger said. “I think he doesn’t get enough credit for the way that his approach to the game and the way that he’s carrying himself and conducting himself has greatly improved. He’s a good person. Now being with him, I see improvement over the last three years, the way that he goes about his business. I think that’s very positive.”