|Allen Feels for Marbury||01.03.09 at 12:13 pm ET|
Ray Allen has always felt a connection to Stephon Marbury. The two have been linked together since they were teenagers and Allen has kept tabs on Marbury’s career, from the highs of All-Star seasons to the lows of the on-going standoff with the New York Knicks. Even though Marbury is direct competition in the backcourt, Allen can’t help but feel for the embattled guard.
“It’s somewhat disappointing watching what happened with Stephon,” Allen said after Saturday’s practice. “He and I grew up playing together, against each other [in] high school basketball and then being drafted together, we got traded for each other. So I’ve always followed his career. He was in my draft class.
“So this year was somewhat disappointing regardless of whatever was going on in the organization, I thought he still could help that team. So it’s not like he’s a guy who can’t play basketball anymore. With his skill set, his talent, he still can come out and play basketball and carry a team.”
Will Marbury carry the Celtics this season? Allen has not spoken with Marbury about any talks about a move to Boston and wouldn’t offer any insight on the rumors.
“Danny’s the guy who has to make decisions and we feel as though he’s very, very qualified to make those decisions,” Allen said of Celtics President Danny Ainge. “So for us right now, we’ve got to focus on what’s going on here on the floor. If that does happen then will move on with that, with Stephon.”
Even though Allen won’t speculate on Marbury, that doesn’t mean he would oppose an additional asset this season.
“We welcome the help,” he said. “Our egos, we’re pretty selfless here on this team when it comes to playing basketball. We just want to win.”
While Marbury’s future is in question, Allen has little doubt about his game. Even though he hasn’t seen him play since preseason action, he has a feeling Marbury’s not letting up.
“He’s always been a strong guy so I know he hasn’t, basketball-wise, he hasn’t fallen off,” Allen said. “And not to mention with the speculation out there, in his mind I bet you he believes that if he has a chance to come here that he’s probably doing what he needs to do to take care of himself.”
The Celtics will take on the Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
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