For years, I prayed that Tony Allen would be cut, traded or would simply just decide to quit basketball altogether. I’m not even kidding. I love every Celtic unconditionally, but TA was the one exception. Every time he touched the ball, I feared for the worst. I KNEW he was going to make a blunder at the worst possible time, and Tony almost never failed to reach that expectation.
Now, he’s gone. And I’m left wondering whether the Celtics will miss him, all because he put together one season where he actually seemed to have some sort of basketball intelligence.
So my question is, and you might have guessed by the headline, how much will the Celtics miss Tony Allen?
I say very little. His defense was great, but Tony could be such a train wreck on offense — where his penchant for a terrible turnover often made me want to chuck my television across the room, and the sight of his broke jump shot could turn perfectly healthy men blind — that the Celtics should be able to replace his production pretty easily with the crew they assembled in his stead. The combination of Delonte West, Avery Bradley, Von Wafer and Marquis Daniels should make us forget about Tony pretty quickly, even the Good Tony we were treated to last season. (Which, forgive me for being skeptical, happened to be a contract season.)
A penny for your thoughts, in the comment section.