Back in July, Boston Celtics veteran guard Ray Allen said that the NBA work-stoppage was “Almost embarrassing” as the public watched millionaire players squabble with billionaire Team Owners. Apparently as the Lockout has dragged on over the last few months, Allen’s sense of embarrassment has disappeared and been replaced by a far more militant stance. According to a report published in the “Boston Globe” Allen told reporters that he would be willing to have the upcoming NBA season cancelled, rather than allow the NBA Players Association to strike a bad deal with the Association.
Allen told reporters “Nobody wants to miss a year. But I’m prepared to do what the team needs me to do, what my players association, players union team, what they need me to do, because we want to make sure we get the right deal for us.”
The veteran has been keeping in shape by playing with some players from the current team from his old school, the University of Connecticut. Allen said “I always, typically, come up here in September anyway. But obviously, due to not being able to work out in my gym, this is my gym of choice. Being around the young guys, they push me physically and mentally. So, I look forward to being up here and trying to be up here as much as I can.”
The Association took one step closer on Friday to at least delaying the start of the NBA regular season, as they announced the indefinite postponement of training camp. Players had been scheduled to report to their teams on October 3.