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Tony Allen: Pierce is “the most confident person in the world”

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Dime Magazine sat down with Tony Allen after a breakout 14 point, 8 rebound, 6 steal game last night to talk about a variety of things.  One heavy topic:  Paul Pierce

Dime: I wanted to ask you about your boy, Paul Pierce. In watching him for so long, what stood out about him or what did you learn from him?
TA: I learned that preparation is key to everything. Staying ready and just preparing for the challenge. Watching him before every season, I saw him getting a gang of shots up before every season, before every practice, just getting in his conditioning before practice. I saw him getting his weights in before practice. I saw him paying attention at shootaround when his opponent that he is about to face is coming up. His focus before (practice) and his intensity during practice. Just being competitive. I just instilled that from him and I always competed with him during practice. The way he practices is just the way he plays. He plays hard and he practices hard so I try to carry that over as much as I can in my regimen.

Dime: What about Pierce’s attitude? He had a rep for a while. People thought of him as a selfish player. But as the years have gone on, that has kind of changed.
TA: He’s never down. He’s the most confident person in the world. I saw games where he went 3-for-17 and pretty much shot us out of the game. But he always had the confidence and the mentality to say to himself, “You know what? Those odd shots that I missed? I guarantee that I won’t miss them next game.” Then the next game he comes out and probably has 35. The way he deals with consistency and how he practices to be prepared, it’s almost like he has the right to be and has the confidence…He has the right to be selfish because he’s a winner and he definitely knows how to win. That reputation that he had, you have to know him in order to judge him. He’s definitely one of the most confident players that I’ve competed against or that I’ve known.

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  • greenbeand

    thankfully danny did not resign TA

  • FSantos33

    TA was the best wing defender the Celtics had last year. He guarded the best wing players on opposing teams. He did a solid job last year in the playoffs, he had to guard DWade, LeBron, Lewis, and Kobe. I don’t think he received enough credit for it and TA played a big part in the Celtics run to the finals last year.
    We have good team defense but in my opinion we are missing a wing defender like TA. Von isn’t the answer and we don’t really have that solid one on one type of defender on our team.
    Let me put on my GM hat for a moment. The player who can help us in that department is James Posey. If Ainge can pull off a trade with the Pacers to get Pos’ back I am all for it. Hey, J-O’Neil talked about retiring with the Pacers so give him what he wished for. A one for one swap J-O for Posey. I think their salary would match up. Jermaine O’Neal $5,765,000 $6,226,200 James Posey $6,478,000 $6,925,400

  • Lee in Oregon

    Glad to see TA had a “break-out” game cause he’s hardly gotten any decent minutes all year, and hasn’t really done anything. Sheldon Williams is having a better year.
    I wanted him back at the time but now couldnt care less now. Quisy’s bigger and stronger, plays as good a defense as TA, as is a thousand times better with the ball in his hands. Christ, if I had a dollar for everytime TA dribbled it off his knee and out of bounds. I’d fly first class back to Boston, stay at the 4 Seasons, and sit next to KWAPT at the next home game.

  • Jared

    Wow, TA still reppin the C’s. Glad hes moved on, but happy to know he looks back fondly on his time with the club. Frustrating as he was, he did some important things for us, and we dont forget that stuff.

  • I was right about the Blockbuster Trade Baby!

    I would love to see both posey’s d and threes back in boston.

  • TA is cheering for us in his heart… nice!!!

  • Mileke

    I just dont understand why TA would leave, but hey all good things have to come to an end… I believe Quis is a better all around player when healthy anyway so I dont really miss him, but i do wish him a successful season, BUT how about the win tonight?