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“This is what I do for a living, so I live my life according to it –
how I’m going to play when it’s game day,” he said. “Forty minutes is a
lot of minutes as you get older, but whatever comes up next year and
however it comes, I’m ready for whatever it is, whatever Doc (Rivers)
needs me to do, whatever this team ends up being. I could fit right in
with what needs to be done.”
And he would do it in a way that fits this team’s financial picture.
“At this point, what I’m making now, I made a great living
throughout my career,” he said. “I know going into next year I won’t
make the money I’m making now. I know that.
“I’m ready to be here. I’d love to retire with this organization.
That’s up to the team, but I want to be here. This team has proven over
decades to be a winner in sports. I’m committed to it, and that’s what
I would like to do.”
We've heard Ray say he wants to come back before… but we haven't' heard him essentially say he'll accept a reduced role and a reduced paycheck.
Ok, he's got no choice when it comes to the check since he's making so damn much this year… but still… it means something to hear him say it.
I'm open to listening to Ray Allen trade offers… and the Monta Ellis rumor was intriguing… but they'll only trade him if there's a way to make the team better right now. How many of those deals really exist?
Coming up, Page 2… Where Paul and Sheed played dress up
Photo Courtesy: Joe Giza
…captain Paul Pierce and Rasheed Wallace entertained kids from the Ellis Memorial After School Program in Roxbury with their performances in “The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal.”
After the play, one little fan asked ‘Sheed about his height.
“I’m 6-feet-11, one inch shy of 7 feet,” No. 30 told the curious kid.
The little guy looked up and said, “Well, maybe in seven months you’ll be seven feet!”
I love that response.
The Celtics kinda split up yesterday and made the rounds at a couple of schools. It's always a nice thing for teams to do. And if I could find Rasheed Wallace's sound from after that play, you could see how much he really enjoys doing things like that.
You know, Sheed gets a lot of grief for his on-the-court antics… and deservedly so. But he doesn't get enough love for how he acts off the court. He and Pierce were legitimately having fun with these kids.
I'm also impressed that the school found them costumes.
The rest of the links:
Herald: Baby Names | Globe: Celtics control Rivers' All Star chances | ESPN Boston: Baby Names | Tuesday practice report | MWDN: Allen hopes to stay with C's | CSNNE: The Big Three… games that is | WEEI: How Rondo is like Brett Favre | Glen Davis – Don't play if you're not a competitor | Celtics Blog: Deeeee-troit Baaaaaasketball (in Boston?) | Lex: Ray Allen, Monta Ellis, and the 1988 Christmas party | Hardwood Houdini: Ray Allen hitting mid-season blues | Celtics Hub: An updated look at Ray's shooting woes | Loy's Place: Celtics family providing HOPE for Haiti | North Station: The premature birth of "Uno Uno"
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