Ray Allen had a Decision of his own to make this summer. Sign with the Celtics, quickly, or wait for Lebron James to find a home before finding his own.
Allen’s friends were telling him to wait for Lebron.
“Everyone in my corner was saying ‘hold on’,” Allen admitted, ” ‘you’ve got think about this before you make a decision because if this team is offering you something crazy, then at least think about it.’ ”
So Allen thought about waiting, but the decision ultimately wasn’t too difficult. The thought of earning big money elsewhere must have been tantalizing, but Allen already had his team. (Green Street)
Did any team tempt you?
It’s hard to say. Everybody was waiting for that one domino to fall that was going to create a chain reaction. When I decided I was staying with the team, LeBron announced the next day and I always say that I’m not curious, but I’m glad I did it the way I did it. Because I didn’t have to wait for that next day because there are a lot of teams that lost out in the LeBron sweepstakes. When a team throws a whole lot of money at you, then you’ve got to make a decision.
If I had waited a day or two then things would have been different and they would have thrown a lot of money at me and I would have had to rethink what I was thinking. It wasn’t about the money, but everyone in my corner was saying hold on you’ve got think about this before you make a decision because if this team is offering you something crazy, then at least think about it.
Nope. Not at all. And I didn’t have to think about that. That’s where I was in control of my destiny and the decision I made, it was easy for me to say, ‘We’re going to come back here and we’re going to make something great happen again, like we did the year before.’
Allen also made a determined statement: the Celtics are focused not just on winning a championship, but on each and every game.
The other thing is, it’s not guaranteed to us. We’re not promised to go back to where we were, but everybody in that locker room, the coaching staff, the organization, everybody’s hell-bent to get back to where we were. But we do it every day. It’s not like we think it’s going to happen, we’re trying to make it happen every day.
We talk about 18, and how it’s all about 18, but at the same time it’s all about one, and that’s the next game that we play.
On the importance of the regular season
We can’t lose sight of our goal, our task. Right now our goal is to be the best regular season team in the NBA. We use that slogan, it’s about 18, but with our fans I want everybody to know: that’s what our intention is, we all have a goal, we all have a focus. But we’ve got to go into that building every night and make sure that one game is the most important game. They’re going to all be that important.
We can’t just think that it’s going to be turned on and off, even [when] we get to the playoffs and we do well, we want to be able to say that we have homecourt advantage through the whole playoffs.
Read the whole interview here. I’m all fired up now. Excuse me while I go pound out pushups for the next hour and a half.