Shira has some good news on Tony Allen in her blog entry today.
So, when Allen received a perfect pass from Rajon Rondo during practice yesterday at the team training facility, dunked forcefully and hung onto the rim long enough to earn a technical from the rent-a-refs present, it was an encouraging sight. Allen looks a lot like his old self, though he promises bigger and better play as training camp progresses.
We didn't hear much about Tony all summer but now we are getting little pieces about him in the news. Pierce has been there to encourage and help him. He has worked out all summer to get in better shape and strengthen his knee. He still faces a trial on criminal battery charges that will interfere with the season and we don't know the outcome of that, but it is very good news that he is getting his athleticism and confidence back.
"I just want to help my team whether it's picking up Gatorades, hand claps, motivation, whatever it is."
The attitudes on this team are the best I have ever seen on a team. Almost every one has said that they don't care what their role is and that they just want to help the team win. That is so refreshing!! [More] source:Globe Discuss this topic on the Celtics Green Forums!
Go get 'em, Tony!!! He is my darkhorse player (along with Rajon Rondo). He has big time talent and could be a big time player, IMO. He's got so much ability on the court, offensively and defensively. Towards the end of last season, he started to really come alive. But what was really impressive that has gone relatively unnoticed, was his free throw shooting. He really found his stroke from the line last season. Never known for his shooting ability, I think he can be consistent enough to keep opponents honest.
He's a slasher who can attack the basket for his own offense, and he's also creative enough to be a good drive and dish guy.
Defensively, he's able to stay in front of PG's, SG's, and even SF's, even though he gives up a few inches when guarding SF's. And he's a threat to get some steals too.
Where I would caution Tony is his tendency to disappear when the ball doesn't come his way. In the past, there would be times when you didn't notice Tony on the court. He needs to make his presence felt offensively even if he's not getting shot attempts. He needs to make things happen when he's on the court.