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Ray Allen’s Mom Rocks Got Threes? Shirt

Ray Allen’s mother has become a pretty popular figure at Boston Celtics games. She’s loud, she’s passionate, she’s boisterous, and darn, she looks just like her son. I don’t know how many games she attends, but the cameras always seem to find her. On Friday, she was spotted rocking a sweet tee, as I found out via J.E. Skeets on twitter. Peep the swag:

Awesome choice for her, that’s for sure. And given that her son already has the NBA Finals record for most three-point bombs in a game, and that he’s about to surpass Reggie Miller’s career mark, it’s quite appropriate.

But how does it stack up with the LBS official tee? Pretty similar, I’ll say:

Doc Rivers is Staying: What it Means

Less than 24 hours after Paul Pierce‘s agent announced he would opt out of the final year of his contract with the Boston Celtics, word is surfacing that head coach Doc Rivers will return to the team and, at the very least, finish out his current contract.  For those of you who are interested in the Celtics and wondering what this means for their off-season plans, the answer is a lot.

The fact that Doc has chosen to return probably answers most of the questions that Boston had after the playoffs ended and is an indication that they plan on keeping their core in tact for at least another year.  Rivers has at times been given a bit too much credit as a coach when you consider the roster he was handed a few years ago, but there’s something to be said for being a players’ coach that a team responds to.  Let’s go over a few implications that the return of Rivers has for the reigning Eastern Conference champs.

1. Paul Pierce’s opt out doesn’t mean he’s leaving Boston.

The reason players have been opting out of the final years of their deals, regardless of where they want to play, has to do with the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement.  The current CBA will expire after next season and it’s pretty much a certainty at this point that it will result in the league’s top players making less money.  The ceiling for a maximum contract players can sign is going to be lowered, therefore players are opting out (when able to) and seeking a long-term deal under the current CBA rather than waiting until next off-season.

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Ray Allen Wore Green Nail Polish on Toes

This is the type of story that you have to see to believe. After all, I’m the person that still can’t get used to the idea of 250 pound tough guys in the NFL getting pedicures. I’m sure Ray Allen will just tell us that his kids were messing around with him (assuming he as any), but that’s still crossing a line to me. Here’s a picture of Ray Allen wearing green nail polish on his toes prior to Game 4 via NBA.com and The Big Lead:

Ordinarily I’d say that a guy who sets a Finals record with eight three-pointers made in a game can do whatever the heck he wants, but this takes Jesus down a tiny notch in my book.

Sources:
Ray Allen Painted His Toes Green [The Big Lead]
Photo Credit: NBA.com

Video: Ray Allen Elbows Anderson Varejao in the Nuts

The Cavs pounded the Celtics on Sunday, crushing them from the start and going on to win it 107-76. I guess the frustration for Boston was manifested in Ray Allen’s tussle with Anderson Varejao in the 3rd quarter. Let’s go to the video:

That one referee was right under the basket so I’m not sure how he missed it. As Brett Pollakoff at FanHouse pointed out, Allen’s elbow should have warranted an ejection. This marks the second point in a week that a body part of Varejao’s was featured here at LBS. Anyone else think it was interesting that Andy was unfazed by the nut shot?

Some people are brushing this game aside as inconsequential. With KG out and nothing at stake for seeding, I could see why people would consider this game meaningless. Still, I think it does prove that the Cavs can dominate the Celtics. With home court on their side and Garnett at less than 100%, I’m confidently going with Cleveland to reach the finals. I’d love to see the Cavs win it all and have LeBron stay in Cleveland for that matter, too. We’ll see how things unfold.

Celtics Already Breaking Down?

Is this the typical overreaction of a fan or what? The Celtics lose one game out of like 50, and you have losers on the internet already pondering whether or not they’ve broken down. Well guess what? That’s me right there for you. The Celtics are now 29-4 after losing to the Bobcats Wednesday night. That’s their first loss to a non-marquee team. Falling to LeBron, the Pistons, and the Magic is acceptable — those are the East’s elite. But the Bobcats? What’s that all about?

I know Boston won twice last month without Ray Allen, but man, doesn’t the alarm go off a bit after they dropped this one? That’s what was always said — the Celtics have a great 1-2-3 combo, but after that their depth is limited. Sure, their supporting cast has played well this year, but it was only a matter of time before one of their big guys broke down ruining the running triumvirate (yeah, that’s assonance AND alliteration for you in the same sentence, baby). I know, I know, it’s only one game. Still, I’m already worried that this could be an indication of how fragile the window for Boston’s success is this year. Would be shame to see them fall because of injury and I have a feeling the losses will start coming in more frequently from here on out.

(photo courtesy AP/Charles Krupa)

KG’s Words Are Not for Ray Allen’s Virgin Ears

Now, had Ray Allen known that Kevin Garnett was going to start cussing up a storm like a pedophile caught with his wanger in a kiddie trap, he might not have welcomed a trade to Boston. Site contributer Chris, who last presented us with Smush Parker’s rap song, informs me that Ray Allen is none too pleased with KG’s choice of verbiage recently. From the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

Word in Boston is that the Celtics’ Ray Allen was taken aback by some uncouth language used by Kevin Garnett during a practice, and he let the former Timberwolves star know about it.

Wait a tic, someone explain to me how playing with Robert Swift isn’t considered offensive, but foul language is. My question: Exactly what kind of language could KG have possibly used that offended Ray so? Is it because they were in Europe and close to the Vatican? Did Ray get struck by a new religious movement? Perhaps he’s seen the light! Can I get an amen to that? Amen!

Ray Allen Predicted Kobe’s Trade Demands in 2004

If you’re a True Hoop reader, this is not news to you — it was pointed out a few weeks ago after Frank Hughes brought it up in the Tacoma News Tribune. But it’s news to me, so I’m going to share it with you in case you haven’t heard about it. Back in 2004, Ray Allen predicted that Kobe would grow unhappy with the Lakers and demand a trade. Imagine that. Here’s what the clairvoyant predicted:

“He’s going to be very selfish,” Allen said of Bryant. “And he feels like he needs to show this league and the people in this country that he is better without Shaq. He can win championships without Shaq. So offensively, he’s going to jump out and say, ‘I can average 30 points. I can still carry the load on this team.’

“I think the point production is not going to be so much what people are going to look at because (Tracy) McGrady did it in Orlando, Allen (Iverson) did it in Philly. Can you win a championship? I think that’s the question. Carrying guys on your back and making everybody better.”

Allen was right about that, as it turns out, but get a load of Allen’s crystal ball on this one.

“If Kobe doesn’t see he needs two and a half good players to be a legitimate playoff contender or win a championship, in about a year or two he’ll be calling out to Jerry Buss that ‘We need some help in here,’ or ‘Trade me,’ ” Allen said. “And we’ll all be saying, ‘I told you so,’ when he says that.”

How incredible is that? That’s almost dead, 100% on accurate. And there’s no “we” in the “we’ll all be saying,” Ray. I think you’re the man on this one. When the Lakers got rid of Shaq, I felt they were getting rid of the more dominant player out of the two. But I never could have predicted the bitching Kobe would eventually do the way Allen did, at least not three years ago. That’s amazing. Maybe I can hit Ray up for tonight’s lotto numbers.