Sports Talk has an update from Tony Allen and it is good news. He is hoping to be ready for the preseason.
Celtics guard Tony Allen appears to be well on his way back from the second knee surgery of his career. He told The Sun that he hopes to be able to play in one of the Celtics preseason games next month.
“I might be back for preseason camp, hopefully I‘ll get to play a few games,” said Allen, who spent the off-season in the Waltham area rehabbing at the Celtics training facility. “I don’t want to come back too early, but I’m at full strength. Not at 100 percent, but lets say 70 percent. I’m just trying to take it one day at a time. My rehab was great and that’s all part of strengthening and conditioning myself to get to the tip-top notch shape.”
“Basically, my mindset was getting healthy,” Allen said. “I didn’t think about the previous injury or nothing. I was just focusing on this injury. By my going through that injury it did make me mentally tough for this one, but I wasn’t thinking about the last one.”
They also asked him about the talk about his playing the point some this season and he said that no one has approached him about it as yet.
“It’s really just a big old hoopla right now,” Allen said. “I haven’t gotten word from anybody. So I’m just basically trying to get healthy, and that’s my biggest concern. I'm happy about the new teammates I have and I‘m looking forward to just contributing.”
Tony is excited about his new teammates as well as training camp overseas.
“I’ve never been overseas before. This will be my first time going and I’m looking forward to that.” “I’m just looking at getting a whole lot of rest, getting ready for the practices that are ahead of us, and hopefully, getting into enough shape where I can play in one of those games over there.”
All this is good news. Tony was putting up great numbers and was on the verge of breaking out when he went down with the knee injury. From these reports, it seems that Tony is well on the way to getting back to pre-injury form and that can only be good for the Celtics. He gives us another very good defender and a player who can slash to the basket as well as hit the open jumper. He also can bring energy off the bench. It is exciting to hear that he hopes to be back for the preseason.