Some excerpts of Ray Allen's recent interview with ESPN Radio (courtesy ESPN Boston):
On Boston's Game 7 loss to the Lakers and the lingering pain: "I
was depressed for a while and my teammates would echo the same
sentiment. I couldn't sleep. Everything emotionally and physically went
into what we were doing… You don't want to go outside and there's
nothing really you can do that will satisfy you. But just being around
family and friends, enjoying the summer. For me, I'm just getting to the
point where my body has started to heal itself. Mentally, I'm starting
to work out again, running on the street. But it never leaves you, it
hurts all summer."
On James going to Miami: "It's interesting. Obviously, for
the last year or so, people have been wondering where LeBron was going
to sign. At first it was New York, then Chicago jumped up in there. Some
were trying to organize their team [for a shot at him]. As a team, on
the Celtics, we look at it as another challenge. We still think Orlando
is the team that we definitely have to beat [in the Eastern Conference],
but we're not looking at Miami on the radar. We had a tough time
playing them in the playoffs. As the Celtics, we have to focus on what
we have to do to get back to where we were last year and try to win this
The pain of Game 7 has yet to leave me. I just awoke from an afternoon nap with Game 7 on the mind. I was thinking – Will the Celtics get that close to another championship with the Big 3?
As for Ray's comments about Orlando being the team to beat, I love it. When the Heat fill out a roster and start beating teams on the court, then he'll take notice.