Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  15 responses

Tony Allen Felt ‘Overshadowed’ in Boston

T.A. dishes that he didn’t necessarily love playing in the Big Four’s shadow in Beantown. From the AP: “Allen joins a young team with a crowded backcourt. O.J. Mayo and Mike Conley are projected as starters, with Allen, Sam Young and first round picks Greivis Vasquez and Xavier Henry as possible contributors. Allen, who was drafted by Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace when Wallace was with Boston, says he considers his arrival in Memphis as a fresh start. ‘Being in Boston I was kind of overshadowed by those guys, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen,’ Allen said. ‘Here’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.’ Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley has said he expects the team to make the playoffs. Last season, the once-woeful Grizzlies fell short of their first .500 season since 2006 and posted the second best improvement in wins behind Oklahoma City. As a Celtic, Allen said he learned the importance of togetherness, a theme that Boston coach Doc Rivers preached throughout the playoffs.”

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  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    I love Tony Allen’s game. Hopefully he will have a chance to play more and improve in Memphis. That is a talented young team.

  • http://slamonline.com mike

    great defender but not much else – offense seems to have regressed during his time in Boston – still have love for TA though

  • http://Yahoo Shanoooooo

    Who’s shadow whould you rather be in ? Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. Or Oj Mayo, Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol ??? At least in Boston you were part of a bench on a contender, now you’ll jus be a guy on the bench.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Overshadowed. That must be the reason why he can’t hit anything outside of 15ft, because it’s so freakin DARK, huh tony?

  • Diesel

    He can’t even hit layups…

  • vtrobot

    Loved Tony’s energy during his years here, but that statement makes him sound a tiny bit smarter than Artest. When the talent level of many of those around you is much greater than yours, you’re probably gonna get covered in some shadows. Tony’s spastic post-dunk celebrations were always cornier than anything else that any other C’s were doing so at least he was shone brightly, and oddly, then. Dude is about to get overshadowed some more. Grizz looked good last year. Too bad that Zebo won’t be solid for much longer and they couldn’t hold on to Ronnie.

  • unrel

    lost in translation… β€˜… a lot of guys can make names for themselves. It’s a coming out party for a lot of guys on this team.’… AKA.. “I’ma get mines”

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance

    Shanoooo you hit the nail on the head. I didn’t think thats what Tony was about but I guess I was wrong. If Vasquez or Henry can step their defense up, he’ll fall bhiond those guys in not time because they can actually shoot outside of 5 ft.

  • hoodsnake

    Didnt iverson feel ‘overshadowed’ on this squad last year?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    Boston will regret letting him get away.

  • BostonBaller

    Hey Promise, it wasn’t our choice, he wanted more than he was work and he chose to leave just as Posey did. How did that work out for him? I loved TA here and what he did but there comes a time where you decide whether you want to be a part of something that could be special or if you want the chance to be considered special. Like I said, TA was real good for us here in Boston and I wish him well but is he so talented that he can go to another team and shine individually? At least Poasey went where he THOUGHT they were going to contend and he THOUGHT he could put them over the top.

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  • riggs

    WOW, i am still a fan of his, but his logic is extremely lacking in intelligence. You think you were overshadowed by a couple of hall of famers, who in a few years might retire and give you the playing time you want, so you go a non-contender to sit behind some young cats who will probably play better than you and have you sitting as well? excellent. (sorry for the run-on)

  • tim see

    good riddens, hell he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with his jump shoot..

  • Will Lee

    hahahaa he def won’t get overshadowed by Gay or Mayo, there is no shadow in Memphis cuz noone watches them.