Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  12 responses

Ray Allen Happy for the Boston Bruins’ Title, But Also Angered

The Boston Bruins’ championship victory made Ray Allen think of the missed opportunities for his own team to hoist a trophy. From the Herald: “As much as I was happy for them, there was a bit of anger that I had,’ he said. ‘I would pretty much imagine that as an athlete you would feel that way, because that’s something we always shoot for – reaching that height. I’m extremely proud for them, for what they’ve done for the city of Boston. When you see it from the other side you realize how much bigger it is than yourself. You see how many people are rooting for you, and sometimes when we’re on our own little path, or our own little journey, you forget the intensity of the moment. It’s always a lesson that there are people rooting for you, and no matter how egotistical we may be as athletes, or as insular as we can be, these moments playing in Boston are bigger than us as individuals. When we won in ‘08, each person had to reflect back on his career and what this meant to us, but being in Boston made it that much more glamorous. To do what we did, and the history of this franchise, watching the Bruins win and seeing it from the other side as a fan, it makes you realize the enormity of the situation. It does help you move forward.’ Allen added that he ‘stayed away’ from watching the NBA Finals, admitted that he expected Shaquille O’Neal to retire, and that he naturally expects big things next year.”

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  • Eddie1

    Classiest illuminati ever.

  • J,A,M,S,

    Jesus Speaks


    This was actually a nice lil comment by Jesus. Sidenote: I could care less bout hockey. Honestly I probably wouldn’t even know who won if it weren’t posted here.

  • MikeC.

    To which the Boston Bruins replied: “We’ve won our championship despite the fact that it has angered some people, now Ray Allen has to go back to his life with all of his same problems he had yesterday. We’re just gonna live our lives the way we want.”

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ 1982

    Ray Ray’s a smart guy. Didn’t he make noise by wanting to negotiate his own deal like 10 years ago? Good to hear from an athlete who knows the whole situation, and even refers to his own ego as his ego, instead of himself in the third person.

  • vtrobot

    The. Man.

  • Heals

    Nice insight from Ray Ray. I hope I’m wrong, but I get the feeling those guys will regret not winning in 09-10′, more so than they relish in winning 07-08′…

  • Shifty

    Ray Ray is a classy man, cannot believe he is as old as he is and still aveaging 16, 17 points per game, if he was ona different team i so reackon he could be averaging close to 20.

  • Waggle

    Cosign Heals. That was their series to lose. And they did.

  • asgf

    Illuminati is going to hump u all!!!!!!!!!

  • MikeC.

    @1982 – Ray negotiated his own deal after the last lockout, I believe. Once the CBA stated what the max contracts were going to be for players that had certain tenures in the league, it got pretty easy for star players. Ray just had to say “Okay guys, I’m a max value player, and we all know what the max contract is. Do you have the contract ready? I brought my own pen.” He set up his contract using a lawyer who worked for a flat fee instead of an agent who takes a percentage of each year of the contract. Smart move by a guy that seems like he paid attention in a class or 10 at UConn.

  • BostonBaller

    Ray is all class and style. I’ve been a Bruins fan since the Bobby O days and it was a long time coming. More than a few of todays “stars”could learn a thing or two from Mr. Allen.