Tony Allen has a knack for saying and doing… eh, why sugarcoat it… stupid things. Not all are intentional.
During an interview with CSNNE's Jessica Camerato, TA spoke about his time in Boston and how he was able to earn minutes while playing with the Big 3.
“When I was over here, that was the only way that I could get on the court,“ Allen told CSNNE.com prior to the Celtics 98-80 win. “I couldn’t come out here and jack up 20 shots knowing Paul Pierce is alongside of me. So I had to do what Paul Pierce wasn’t doing — he wasn’t defending as well as I was, he wasn’t diving for the 50/50 loose balls as well I was, he wasn’t hitting the offensive glass as hard as I was. Doc saw that and I was able to get on the court.”
Before we jump to chastise Tony, let's remember he played with Pierce for three seasons (2004- 07) before Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett arrived in town.
Pierce wasn't always the team-first, defensive minded player he is now. It's possible Tony Allen is speaking the truth about the Truth.
Or is there some animosity between them? Check out some of the back-handed compliments Tony bestowed on Pierce in this Dime Magazine interview.
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