Ray Allen is one of the most candid Boston Celtics with the press. He always handles himself with class, but normally doesn’t shy away from tackling whatever topic is on the reporters’ minds.
In an interview with the Boston Herald, Allen spoke of the team’s championship aspirations. While a lot of the press would like you to think the Celtics’ short period of elite play is over, Allen’s comments point out that while the Celtics aren’t happy with their play, they still think they have enough to win a title.
“Believe me there’s not a better group of guys that are capable right now,” he said. “I’m not looking at our record, even though our record is not too shabby. We have a roster that can win it. . . . It’s never guaranteed. So we have to be very selfish about really wanting to be good now and really wanting to take care of our bodies, making sure that we hold each other accountable and doing it in a good way.
“And we’ve got to treat this season very specially and know that whatever comes out of it is what we want to come out of it, and that’s winning a championship.”
Allen also spoke about the trade rumors that have surrounded the veteran shooting guard.
Ray Allen is well aware there are no guarantees in this NBA life. But after he and his wife met Tuesday with Celtics general manager Danny Ainge to discuss trade rumors, he’s feeling better about his standing with the Celtics.
“Danny just told me, ‘Look, I know you guys have been dealing with this over the past couple of weeks,’ ” Allen said following last night’s 107-102 win against the Miami Heat at the Garden. “He was like, ‘I haven’t made any calls in trying to get you traded. It’s always speculation coming from other franchises and other newspaper outlets around the country.’
“So anything could happen. For me, I just keep playing basketball. It’s not my job to sit here and worry and let it stress me or bog me down. You know, it was great to sit there and talk to Danny because he and I have a great relationship.”
It’s nice that Danny Ainge seems to have such a good relationship with the players. The extent of those relationships might be why he was able to get away with calling out Rajon Rondo’s immaturity prior to this season.