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Tony Allen: I felt ‘overshadowed’ while with C’s

Posted By WEEI On July 24, 2010 @ 11:40 am In General | No Comments

Former Celtics [1] guard Tony Allen [2], who recently signed a free agent deal with the Memphis Grizzlies [3], said Friday he felt ‘€œkind of overshadowed’€ by Paul Pierce [4] and Ray Allen [5] while he was with Boston.

The 6-foot-4 Allen, who spent six seasons with the Celtics and averaged 7.2 points per game and 1.04 steals per game in his career, developed a reputation as a defensive stopper with the defending Eastern Conference champions. Along the way, he was part of a team that made two appearances in the NBA finals [6], and won a title in 2008.

But he sounded like someone who was anxious to get a new start and make his own name with a young ballclub in Memphis.

‘€œBeing in Boston I was kind of overshadowed by those guys, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen,’€ he told reporters on Friday. ‘€œHere’€™s a ballclub who’s on the rise and a lot of guys can make names for themselves. It’€™s a coming-out party for a lot of guys on this team.

‘€œI’€™m definitely going to try to start early defining a role, try to bring some sort of toughness to the ballclub,’€ Allen said. ‘€œIt’s obvious I have experience, and I’€™m just looking forward to just letting that marinate amongst the players that’s in this locker room.’€

Allen hinted that while he enjoyed his role in Boston as a stopper, it may have caused people to forget he had more to offer than just an ability to defend.

‘€œI don’t mind embracing the role, but there is more to my game. Let’€™s not get that twisted,’€ Allen said. ‘€œWhatever I could do to win ballgames. If that’s just passing out Gatorades or flashing towels or giving somebody a high five, I’€™m willing to do that.’€


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