|Posted by B-PAUL on October 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM|
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Face it folks, Tony Allen is a bust. There is no way around it, he has not provided anything positive to our team in two years. Even when he was producing, it was nothing that I would brag about. During the Ricky Davis days I thought that he should have been on the bench while Ricky started.
Tony Allen should never have been a starter in the NBA. His game is just not versatile enough. During his "glory days" all he could do is get to the rim against weak defenders, he could never hit the broad side of a barn if he was any farther than 5 feet from the basket. Now that he has a banged up leg AND ankle he is worth nothing. I know there will be the people out there that back him up, just like the people that were upset after Leon left. But guess what, they will get over it when we raise banner eighteen.
Not only does his game impact his worth, his off the court problems also have a negative impact on the team. We have all heard about his problems in the Chicago area that the team has had to hire extra bench security for. If you haven't heard about it , during last years playoff series in Chicago Tony Allen recieved multiple death threats from people in Chicago. Many people believe this has to do with an altercation that he was involved in at a bar in Chicago, in 2005, that resulted in someone getting shot in the arm. This is not the kind of publicity that we want on a team that is set to make a run at another banner.
Another concern I have with TA is that even if he is healthy and playing like he did earlier in his career, what is his role on the team? To me I would think he would be in the same boat as Giddens, Walker, Scal, and Williams, just playing mop up minutes. I would rather give these minutes to a guy like Michael Sweetney who has given all he's got to try to earn a roster spot. Rather than to a guy that is going to bring negative publicity to our team just by siting on the bench.
I haven't figured out a complete solution to this problem, but thats why I'm not a GM. What I can tell you is that Tony Allen is an injury prone guard who, in my opinion, has no worth to the Boston Celtics. Maybe there is a team out there that wants him, maybe a team like Oklahoma City, New York Knicks, or another team of that caliber that can afford to take a gamble on him. The most effective I see him being throughout the rest of his career, if healthy, is a 8th or 9th man off the bench.