I may be, but I don’t think I am, making assumptions about Ray Allen. Ray came into this year in what he called the best shape of his life. After following him on twitter, he was surely determined to work his tail off, as he was constantly saying he was working out or in the gym. Therefore, I find it hard to believe his poor shooting is coming just because of his age.
Instead, he has been taking (like I said in my previous post) shots that he does not typically take. He is forcing up shots, and because of that is not playing his game. From time to time Ray does go on cold spells. This year his cold spell came at a difficult time, because it launched questions as to whether or not he should be traded. This just packed the presure on Ray to come through and have good games. It seems all of that pressure has gotten to him, to the point in which he can’t perform period because he is worrying about where he will be the next day. Couple that with how difficult it is for an NBA player to regain their stroke, and you could imagine Ray would have bad games.
For the past few weeks I have been a hardcore “trade Ray Allen bring in young talent” guy. Now, as time goes on, I am beginning to shy away from those thoughts. The big possible trade of Ray for Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison has come and gone. If that trade were still available I would still be saying do it. The problem is- It’s not. Instead we are looking at Ray Allen for much less. It is not good enough for me to mix up the core guys we have.
What I could accept is small maneuvers to bring in guys like Nate Robinson or Kirk Hinrich. So long as the deal fits, and it doesnt delete one problem while adding another, I’m all for it. Plus we have the open roster spot, so if anyone were to ever get bought out for the remainder of the season, we have that option.
More and more I am starting to think all this team needs is to focus on the goal. That has been screwed up all year with injuries and trade talks. It may not be a bad thing to make a small deal at the trade deadline to boost the roster, but to get desperate in just simply finding a way to trade Ray isn’t going to solve anything. Ray has been playing to stay in Boston, and that is not always the best for the team. I think if he were to stay we would see the Jesus Shuttlesworth we have come to love.
My new vote: KEEP RAY