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“I definitely was looking forward to going up against him and just being a part of something that I always (dreamed of). I actually try to model my game, model my shooting abilities just like him,” McLemore said of facing off against Allen for the first time in his career two weeks ago. Cowbell Kingdom

December 27, 2013 Updates
December 24, 2013 Updates

The Hawks just couldn't close in regulation, not with James knocking down two three-pointers and dunking over Millsap in the final 1:49 of regulation, before driving and finding Ray Allen in the left corner, which led to a foul and Allen making three free throws. Nor could the Hawks complete the task in the overtime, with Korver and Millsap both missing three-pointers and Korver—with Mario Chalmers under him—unable to convert an inbounds lob from Pero Antic. "They made a bunch of really clutch plays tonight," Korver said. "We should have won that game a couple times. That's why they are champions. They've been through a bunch of these games, and we're still growing." "We were just one play away every time from putting them away and we couldn't do it," Horford said. "Credit to them." Bleacher Report

December 23, 2013 Updates

SLAM: Doesn’t that situation make you feel a bit better after all the drama and criticism for leaving the Celtics? Ray Allen: I had to take interviews and hear all year that I abandoned the team. But just like anything else in sports, when you become a free agent, the team has the right to continue to pay for your talents or bring somebody else in. I was in a unique situation, ’cause for three years the team had shopped me around and tried to move me. For that final year I was there, I was actually traded to Memphis. I got the phone call and told that I was traded for OJ Mayo. I was in San Francisco to play the Warriors. Danny Ainge and I talked and he asked me how I felt about it—I told him I was upset, that I couldn’t believe it. I said, “I can’t knock you, you have to do what you do for your team. I understand it’s a business [and] there’s nothing I can do about it.” He was like, “Well, I’ll be in touch.” I told my family we’ve been traded to Memphis. One of my sons said, “Don’t worry about it Dad, we’re Grizzlies fans now. We’re gonna make this work.” SLAM

SLAM: How did you deal with that all summer? The Memphis deal broke down obviously, but how did that make you feel heading into free agency? Ray Allen: There were some things negotiated trade-wise that I wasn’t particularly happy with. The direction of the team, so many things that I wasn’t happy with, and the team wouldn’t give me any assurances. It bothered me. I had to move on. I had the choice between going to the Clippers, Memphis, Minnesota or Miami. I came to visit Miami and I’m thinking, we just lost to them in the Conference Finals. They just won the Championship and I’m over here thinking—it was hard. It was hard for me to come to Miami. This is a team that we just went toe to toe with in a Game 7—can I see myself playing here? I spent two days meeting the general manager, meeting the owner. SLAM

SLAM: Throughout the time you’re making this decision, are you getting calls from your teammates? Did you get calls from your old teammates on the Celtics? Ray Allen: No. Nobody. I didn’t get a call. Nobody called me. When we made the decision, it was me circling the wagons and everybody was doing their thing, going in their directions and it was just us sitting here. It was about what we had to do to keep my family happy and together. SLAM

SLAM: Seems like it was the right choice—you got a ring and you seem to be in a good place. When you saw the team get broken up and sent to Brooklyn, what were your initial thoughts? Ray Allen: Just like I thought. That was my thought. Going into the situation, they were going to blow it up. I told my wife, “Imagine where we would be right now.” People were disgruntled and angry because I left, but it would’ve been easier for them if I got traded away. They felt better about it themselves. SLAM

SLAM: You’re 38. How much more time you got? Ray Allen: Hmmm. It’s hard to say. I was telling Mario Charlmers the other day, Any time you’ve done a job for so long, people tend to see it as a negative thing. People will say, “Oh he’s old. He got tired.” I was like, it’s interesting that we look at it as a bad thing, as much more we should be looking at it in celebration ’cause somebody has been able to last and take care of him or herself and have longevity in a career. That should be something that’s talked about more. It’s not like you’re in prison—you are doing something that you want to be doing for a long time. And you’ve got to manage to stay in tune, keep your body together, keep your mind together. For me it’s been a great challenge, but at the same time, there have been so many great rewards that come along with it. There’s a time when you look around and hear the conversation and the way things are going, like, wow, I’m starting to phase myself out ’cause generations are passing. Yet you still have to enjoy it. SLAM

December 17, 2013 Updates
December 15, 2013 Updates

Brian Windhorst and Tom Haberstroh of ESPN compiled an oral history of the final 28 seconds of Game 6, which Manu Ginobili described as “bad, very bad.” The Heat won the game in overtime, and won the series two days later. Via ESPN (Insider): Bosh: You can’t put it into words. He’s the best three-point shooter of all time. And the fact that he was open is just unbelievable. In my head, I told myself to wait for Ray to get back, but I know it still happened pretty fast. Allen: Once I got my legs there, I just let the ball go. James: I saw it in the air, and I was like, “It’s going in. It’s got a chance.” Dwyane Wade: When he shot it, I was looking at the ball and I said, “Oh my god … that’s going in.” It was kind of like I couldn’t believe it in a sense. But also, Oh my god … it’s going in. For The Win

Spoelstra: Ray did what he’s done for so many years. Ginobili: Bad, very bad. Parker: We all have scars in our careers. That one is pretty deep. Duncan: It was painful. Popovich: I’ve thought about it every day. I’m anxious for it to go away. It hasn’t happened yet. For The Win

December 12, 2013 Updates

"I think guys are becoming more aware," said Allen, who began following a modified Paleolithic diet after the Heat won their second straight NBA title in June. "... When you start eating the salads and the proteins and fruits – in Whole Foods, I kill the fruit and vegetables section – you just feel so much fresher and cleaner." CBSSports.com

"My mentality was that I'm burning so much, I need the sugar and I need carbs," Allen said. "But toward the end of the year, I remember being on anti-inflammatories and my body always felt like I was hopped up on drugs just to decrease the inflammation." Allen's wife told him about the Paleo diet and its purported anti-inflammatory properties. He studied it, asked questions, and resolved to start it on July 1, but couldn't wait. Allen took the Paleo plunge on June 26, six days after the Heat closed out the Spurs in Game 7. "I cut everything out, and within three weeks I lost 10 pounds," Allen said. "I stuck with it all summer long and learned to eat even cleaner." CBSSports.com

December 8, 2013 Updates

“The Ray/Paul/Kevin thing will be fixed,” Rivers told the Herald of his new lease on life after the Clippers finished their morning shootaround yesterday in Cleveland. “You forgive. Ray had to make a decision for himself. I was upset about it at the time, but he did so many good things for our team. So it will be fixed. If I have to get involved in it myself, I will, though I hope not.” Boston Herald

November 17, 2013 Updates

While Rivers coerced a trade for his rights, Garnett and Pierce had their destination decided by the Celtics. Of course, Garnett had a no-trade clause he had to forgo. And Pierce could have offered pushback without a desired, contending destination. "That’s why," Allen said, "when I did it, I was disappointed that I was criticized, because those guys know what it takes when you have to make a decision for your families. But I understood. It wasn't like I didn't understand. You gotta do what you gotta do. When guys sign contracts for more money, less money, you move to another team, you had to make the decision that you thought was best for yourself." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

November 10, 2013 Updates

At this stage, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have made like the last Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima, refusing to give up the war. That’s how the two former Celtics continue to regard their former teammate and current Heat guard, Ray Allen. “They haven’t spoken to me,” Allen said before last night’s game against what remained of his former team. Allen played 24 minutes and had five points with three assists as the Celtics stunned the defending champion Heat, 111-110. Allen admittedly is hurt, because he doesn’t understand the difference between their trade out of Boston last summer and his decision to leave two years ago. Deep down, Allen believes Pierce and Garnett determined their own fate. Boston Herald

“For them to be so upset with me is disappointing because of how everything happened,” Allen said. “That banner in 2008 is still going to be there, and we’re still going to be tied to it. “Look, I have a feeling they were in the same predicament I was in this summer. Even with Doc (Rivers), he had to make a decision that was best for himself. I was in the same situation. I’m happy they were put into the same situation as I was. Anytime you get traded there’s no telling where you could end up. They’re in a situation now where they can contend. Kevin had to make that decision, and that was the predicament I was in.” Boston Herald

Allen laughed when asked if Rivers, whose Clippers lost to the Heat last week, has reached out. Rivers, like Garnett and Pierce, was also critical of Allen’s move. “Doc talked to me like I was still on his team,” Allen said. “I got heavily criticized by each one of them the minute I left. They were upset. But the writing was on the wall for us. (Celtics management) was saying, ‘Hey, we’re moving in a different direction.’ And each one of us had to make that choice. Where can we go to be successful and continue to play good basketball.” Boston Herald

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