Ray Allen tells the Boston Globe that it’s an embarrassment that the game is on hold because of dollars: “While team officials are banned from talking about the lockout or negotiations, players have the freedom to express their disappointment, and Allen understands his place in sports and society. The fact that millionaires are fighting with their bosses over a $4 billion pie is not lost on one of the game’s gentlemen. ‘I think of Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Dr. J, and I almost feel just . . . the money we make, not only as players but as owners, the money that’s in the loop is so outstanding, it’s almost embarrassing we can make this type of money and then we can haggle over what we haggle over,’ Allen said. ‘It’s important that the game is at an all-time high and I believe that those players in the ’70s and ’80s, they built us to this point to where we can afford the salaries that we all afford, and we just have to remember that. We’ve got to take this game to the next level and know that this is bigger than us.’”