Ah, Tony Allen. The turnover-prone, three-point shooter-fouling, heart attack-inducing guard left Boston, but he hasn’t stopped making me cringe. (Tulsa World)
Post-switch, Allen said he felt “overshadowed” by Boston’s Big Three.
“I was definitely overshadowed,” he repeated before Memphis’ preseason game Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the BOK Center. “Anybody would have been overshadowed considering those Hall of Fame prolific-type scorers that they had.”
Overshadowed? Maybe, but I think Kendrick Perkins gave Slam Magazine a better description in September:
“And to say you got overlooked a little bit—I ain’t trying to go against TA—but without them, people probably wouldn’t even know your name.”
Zing. Allen’s new head coach, Lionel Hollins, actually said Allen should have stayed in Boston. When a player’s own head coach says he should have signed elsewhere, it’s a pretty good sign that player made a big mistake.
Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins, and you’ve got to respect his frankness, said, “I don’t think it’s smart” when asked about Allen changing teams in hopes of securing an expanded role.
“What would you rather do? Win and play 15 minutes a game? Or you may not win as much and play 15 minutes a game,” Hollins said.
“My thing is I would rather play on a winning team and have a chance to win championships – and get a playoff share too.”
You hated being overshadowed by Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, right Tony? Well, it’s really gonna suck being overshadowed by Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo and Xavier Henry on your way to winning 40 games. At least you’ll have a longer summer vacation, though!