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This story isn’t meant to be primarily about Ray Allen, though he will stand as the prominent example in an inner debate I’m having with regards to a media phenomenon.My theory: Our views of athletes are distorted by the amount of time (and amount of friendliness with which) they speak to the media. Because Allen spent 15 minutes before every game holding court with reporters in a highly cordial manner, the theory goes, the media overreacts to his smiles and articulate nature and decides to paint him as a revered saint who wears a halo and regularly cures pre-pubescent children of diphtheria. His well-dressed image, early shot routine and well-contemplated musings on whatever topics were requested by the media became almost entirely how the media judged him. Digging deeper into Allen’s moral fiber would have been difficult and perhaps even futile, so he was judged for his becoming disposition as much as Rajon Rondo was judged for his surly, one-word answers to reporters’ questions. We are coming to learn recently that maybe we had both men misunderstood.It’s tough to dig up anecdotes — like Jackie MacMullan did in a 2008 Globe piece — that perhaps Allen was tough to deal with. Kevin Garnett called Allen “very strong-minded” and spoke about having lots of “debates” with him. MacMullan detailed a time when Allen and Garnett “got into it” while Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo sat there thinking, “Whoa, what’s this about?” Doc Rivers said Allen’s mentality was the most difficult of the Big Three to change because, as someone with self-proclaimed OCD, he wanted to do things the way he always had in the past. Allen certainly wasn’t the easiest teammate to deal with. According to MacMullan, he “harangue(d) Garnett about his sweater-and-tie combos, and the omnipresent Adidas logo on everything he wears” and “chastise(d) Eddie House for shooting halfcourt shots at intermission at the opposing team’s basket.”Allen has always been described as a great family man, classy human and all-around nice guy. But why, then, was Garnett the only one to reach out to Allen during his free agency? Why did Keyon Dooling — who almost never says a bad word about anybody and seems more loyal to his friends than the world’s best dog — sound so hostile when he followed saying “I love Ray” by noting that it sometimes seemed like Allen spent more time talking to the media than talking to his teammates? Why did Rondo have such disdain for Allen, and why did Allen have such problems with Rondo if all his other teammates now seem to love him? Allen’s personality was certainly tough for teammates to handle. But is he also a politician whose facade masks some imperfections about which we don’t know? Will we ever know one way or the other?Similar questions operate inversely for Rondo. Why did we consider him so ornery for seven years when all of his teammates (with the exception of Allen) seem to love and respect him, at least now? Why did we consider him such a bad guy and difficult teammate when his best friend on the team (now that Perkins has left) is Garnett, who would despise Rondo if he were actually a bad guy and difficult teammate? Is it just because Rondo disliked talking to the media? Is it just because he did not like having 30 microphones shoved in his face and, win or lose, being forced to speak to a horde of people who might very well twist the meaning of his words?The reasons for my theory are simple: If an athlete is happy and engaging with the press, members of the press are more likely to like him. And when members of the press like an athlete, their stories about him become complimentary. And when consumers read complimentary stories about an athlete, they begin to view the athlete as moral and good. The media shapes how the public views an athlete. This is fact.I’m not saying Allen is a bad guy or Rondo’s the next Mother Theresa. But to a certain extent, at least, we had these guys misjudged. And because we can’t possibly get to know professional athletes fully, this won’t be the last time we misunderstand the people we cheer for and worship.
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Ray Allen said Boston fans have no reason to boo him because the Celtics gave him no choice but to leave for Miami. See why he feels that way.
A couple of quotes after last night’s game have slipped under the radar. Both are awesome explanations about why the Celtics looked so good against Brooklyn last night… and both are so perfectly indicative of the person who uttered them. I could not tell you who said them, and there’s no doubt in my mind you could figure out who they came from.
But I’ll tell you anyway...
Rajon Rondo and Ben Affleck have the same problem. It’s called the “yeah, but…” syndrome. This disease forces someone to bring up a person’s shortcomings whenever they are complimented. Here’s an example. Imagine you’re talking with friend and Affleck comes up.
You say, “ Hey I just saw Argo. It’s fantastic. Ben Affleck has totally established himself as one of...
For those of you wondering how life is treating Ray Allen down in sunny Miami, here’s last night’s game recap from the Miami Herald:
WORST OF LAST NIGHT: Ray Allen off his game
Allen went 3 of 11 from the field and 1 of 5 from three-point range. He had seven points in 22 minutes. Maybe it was just an off night; maybe Allen is still adjusting to coming off the bench. Allen was...
Ray Allen wants the world to know he’s more than a three-point shooter. He can put the ball on the floor, go to the hole, make the pass and… [wait for it] work in the post. From the Sun Sentinel:
One of the areas the Heat could possibly use Allen is in the post. It was a big part of his game during the early portion of his career before he became identified mostly as a jump-shooter...
As I was cruising around the Internet today looking at some of latest news on the Boston Celtics I came across an interesting piece on Ray Allen. Apparently, Allen just can’t get enough of talking about his former team when he is asked about them by the Miami media. One would think at this point [...]
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been pulled back to keep minor injuries from turning into more serious ones.
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Like us on Facebook Celtics Daily Links for Friday, October 12 Celtics Green Ray Says Boo the Celtics and Not Him For His Leaving In a recent interview, Ray Allen says that his decision to leave was a business decision. He also says that the C’s made it so he had to leave because they [...]
Rondo helps the Celtics beat the Knicks
Game Summary: This game did not have a lot of star power. For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler sat out. For the Celtics, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett did not play. Brandon Bass and Darko Milicic also sat out. The Celtics started Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, and Jason Collins. Luckily...
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With the NBA PRE-season being well underway, so are the critics and the naysayers. The Celtics PRE-season record is 1-4 after Tuesday nights loss to Brooklyn putting them in last place in the Atlantic Division. While many are optimistic for the 2012-13 NBA Celtic Season after last years heroic Eastern Conference/NBA Championship run...
Herald Melo is Fab 5 of C’s future Doc gives positive prognosis Not a starry night in AlbanyGreen gets defensive in Celtic comeback winRay Allen gets a chance to write final chapter with Heat Globe Pressure on these old-look New York Knicks to make strides this season Final: Celtics 109, Knicks 98Rookie Jared Sullinger grabs good notices with Celtics
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Herald Doc has ‘moved past’ Allen’s departure, still ‘disappointed’Leandro Barbosa can contribute in reserve Doc Rivers seeks rotation remedy Dwight Howard expects to be nervousGlobe Celtics ownership has provided a decade of pride Celtics ruin Nets' return to national TV, 115-85 Final: Celtics 115, Nets 85Celtics rout Nets in exhibition rematch Celtics Green ...