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Ray Allen
Ray Allen
Position: None
Born: 07/20/75
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
On how the “Big Three” in Boston started so well … Doc Rivers: “I thought they were ready, for one. I thought, No. 2, Kevin (Garnett), was the key to it. The problem when you have three scorers is somebody is always going to get less. Two guys are probably going to get the same or a little less and one guy is going to get a lot less. You can look at Miami, it was (Chris) Bosh. With us, at times it was Ray (Allen), at times it was KG, but I thought KG was key because early on he literally gave up his offensive game. He just said ‘I’ll be the defensive captain, you guys do all the scoring.’”
Dwyane Wade described the last year of the Big Three as a “bad marriage.” What was the vibe on that team? Was that year tougher than most on all the guys? Ray Allen: It certainly was tough on all of us as players. Organizationally, I don’t think they ever adjusted. Most of the guys, having gone to so many Finals, me being an older player, having played a lot of basketball the last five, six years, organizationally and coaching wise they didn’t adjust. We had the oldest team in the NBA, and on top of that, we had such a bad schedule. Every holiday we were away from home. Every situation we were in we were fighting to just stay above board, trying to figure out how to sleep or rest our bodies. We wore down, we were tired, and we were definitely tired at the end. We still were good, and we still made it to the Finals.
In what way do you mean the organization didn’t adjust? Ray Allen: With a team as old as we were, and with as much basketball as we’d played, we were still doing a million appearances, we still were having all the practices, and doing all the things that typically wear you down by the end of the year. Just being on your feet so much. The team didn’t learn how to manage our bodies better. When your players have played in June the last three or four years, by this time you have to figure out how get people off their feet. We don’t need to have a practice. We don’t need to have a shootaround. We just have to be mental. From those aspects, you wear yourself down long term.
You and Paul Pierce had a chance to hash things out this summer. How much of a relief was that for you to get the ball rolling with Paul? Ray Allen: It’s not something that I was worried about, let’s put it like that. I just set out to have a conversation with him. It was coincidental that we were there. I didn’t need to do interviews on TV or try to defend myself. I won a championship when I left, and that’s all of our objectives when we sign up to be a part of a sports team.
Dwyane Wade described the last year of the Big Three as a “bad marriage.” What was the vibe on that team? Was that year tougher than most on all the guys? Ray Allen: It certainly was tough on all of us as players. Organizationally, I don’t think they ever adjusted. Most of the guys, having gone to so many Finals, me being an older player, having played a lot of basketball the last five, six years, organizationally and coaching wise they didn’t adjust.
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had heard all about it by the time his team was done practicing Thursday, the comments from former Heat guard Ray Allen criticizing the team’s end of its Big Three era. He smiled. “I actually bumped into him about six, I don’t know, weeks ago. I was walking my dog across an intersection in Coconut Grove. He didn’t run me over,” Spoelstra said amid laughter. “He had an opportunity to. I appreciated that.”