Often, former players are quick to level diagnosis on teams they have left.
Tony Allen’s prognosis of the Celtics was rather pointed, and quite nearly egotistical.
Allen said the Celtics don’t have “a defensive minded guy yet.”
He went on to contradict himself by saying that they had “one, but he’s not 100 percent yet” (speaking of course of Avery Bradley). Allen then criticized the trading of Kendrick Perkins, and said that the Celtics need Perk because he “clogs up the paint, and talks to trash to you.”
That’s about all Perk does. Clog it up and talk trash.
Jeff Green is a much more evolved basketball player whose value on the court greatly exceeds that of Perkins, who can do little more than…well, clog the paint.
So what do Celtics fans make of Allen’s assessment?
It primarily seems to be indicative of a guy who is saying: They can’t win without me.
The team has regressed since 2008, but it really isn’t due to anything more than aging players and a team whose peak may have already come. Other than Rajon Rondo, the core of the team is just older—not better.
Allen’s departure had about as much to do with their decline as the president does with gas prices (despite the claims of pundits that every president intimately affects the price of petroleum).