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Ray Allen ready to sacrifice season for a fair deal. Just great.

Sep 23, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT

NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles Reuters

Remember those heady days a couple of weeks ago when we were optimistic that the level heads would prevail and it seemed like the entire season could be salvaged? Ahhh, the naiveté of youth.

Now, we’re getting back to games being cancelled and more strident positions.

Such as Celtics sharp shooter Ray Allen yesterday speaking at his alma mater — the University of Connecticut, what you forgot his 1995 run to the Elite 8? — saying he would be willing to give up an entire season to get a fair deal.

That is saying something — Allen doesn’t have a lot of seasons left, and the Celtics championship window is about to close. This is not a team that can afford a year off. Yet Allen is willing to talk about it.

Rashard Lewis — the veteran about to be the second highest paid player in the NBA — said essentially the same thing.

I’m trying to be optimistic people, but it is hard. Very hard.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 23, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Honestly, I don’t care if the season is cancelled. If it leads to a situation where a financially viable deal is in place to secure the long term health of the league. Things cannot continue the way they have been. The NBA cannot continue to support the current salary structure in place.

  2. cakemixa - Sep 23, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Who wouldn’t be willing to sacrifice 1 year if it meant a good deal for many more years?

  3. thenetsfan - Sep 23, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    I call bluff. Guys like Allen & Lewis are on the last contracts that will pay them big money. Neither has a chance of recouping these lost wages, no matter how much sweeter a deal gets for the players. They can say whatever they want in an attempt to show unity & strength amongst the players, but they’re not stupid. They’ll vote yes for the first semi-decent deal owners offer up.

  4. ogre2010 - Sep 23, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    It they don’t care (players) then I don’t care (fans).

  5. savocabol1 - Sep 23, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    I love how if the owners say they are willing to sacrifice a season you write long winded articles blasting them but when players say the same thing you just causually mention it.

    Hmmm, wonder whose side you’re on……

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