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Ray Allen talks about team building blocks, Wizards

Jan 6, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

Ray Allen, Nick Young AP

Ray Allen has been around for a while, seen the mountain top and more than one valley. There’s some wisdom there.

In an interesting interview at, Allen talks about the kind of team and franchise culture high-profile players look for when deciding where to play as a free agent. Yes, the main motivation is money, but if you’re high profile enough that’s going to be roughly the same everywhere and the intangibles come into play.

“Ultimately it involves around building a culture where you have players that have been there, a core group of guys that have won games and will continue to win games. Guys understand that and see it. It’s almost like you look around the league and you see the best teams, the payroll. They’ve done what they can to put together guys – not just throwing the high salaries in there – but a good mix of guys that are playing well. Get it centered around a coach that creates that culture and tradition of winning.”

The conversation drifted to the Wizards, a young team with talent trying to change the culture of a long-suffering franchise. For obvious reasons, the veteran Allen values what veterans can bring to the table on a team. But his point when talking about the Wizards and John Wall specifically is a very good one.

Yeah, but it’s not just him. It’s the other guys around him that make Wall look good. The guys that comes in and comes to work every day and you can appreciate on your team. It’s never just one guy, it’s how well you play together as a team.

Wall’s young, it’s his second year in the league. Having a guy like Rashard Lewis on the squad helps, but you need more than just Rashard Lewis. You have to have 2-3 guys like that have their feet firmly planted on the ground that know how to practice the right way, know how to get the young guys ready the right way. Those guys can play and teach so you can see it, then you see [the franchise] go through change.

I remember walking into the Oklahoma City locker room before a playoff game against the Lakers two seasons ago and thinking it was about the most studious, professional locker room I had seen during the playoffs in a long time. They had talent, but they also had an uncommon maturity for a young team in their first playoffs. They were more focused than even the Lakers (they just weren’t good enough to beat them then). It was the real moment I understood just how good OKC could eventually be.

Has anyone ever thought that about the Wizards? Not just now-gone Gilbert Arenas lineups but the current one with young players such as Andray Blatche, Nick Young and JaVale McGee. Is this a team that is dedicated to the craft of basketball?

It’s something to think about when considering how a young team is built. Is the mix of players one that has veteran leaders and can grow together, or is it a clash of egos and rudderless? Do you need teachers in the locker room who are not coaches?

  1. bozosforall - Jan 6, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Allen is nothing more than a supporting player who could NEVER carry a team all by himself. Had to be traded to a loaded team just to get his one measly ring.

    • dirtydavis - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      Agreed!!! R. Allen needs STFU and play the game… Why is this clown playing the “GM” card? This brick-shooting clown acts as if he was part of a dynasty. psssshhh

    • nbascreed - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      Really guys? I’m all for being for or against certain guys, it’s the nature of sports and it’s fun. But the guy is a career 20ppg scorer (talent) with 10 All-Star Appearances (recognized by peers) and 8 playoff appearances (buckets on winning teams), even the most subjective guy would have to admit he’s not a supporting player. Plus what was so bad about what he sad?

  2. ohiogeorge - Jan 6, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    And how many measly rings do you have?????

  3. keyshawn22 - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    What a surprise bozo the clown is hating on the celtics again…

    Why dont you take your comment and apply it to that ball hog bryant out in LA who rode shaq’s d**k to 3 titles, won one and then got lucky perkins got hurt in game 6 and KG had 1 working leg and needed artest and fisher to bail him out in game 7 because he shot 6-24 to beat the celtics in 2010

    Ray led the bucks to the conference finals, yes the freaking bucks and led seattle to a division title and multiple playoff apperances and series wins despite being surrounded by garbage.

    Ray swalled his pride and was willing to be the 3rd option on a great team to win a title, not many stars would do that. He is the all time 3 point leader and will be by 10 miles by the time he retires.

    • goforthanddie - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      Grow up and whine about Kobe when it’s appropriate, jackoff.
      BTW, how many teams has Allen carried to a title? None, you say? He needed Pierce AND Garnett? And Kobe has how many Shaqless titles?
      Reading petty bullsh!t from tards like you makes it hard to keep hating Kobe. God knows I try, and God knows Kobe makes it hard to like him.

      • mytthor - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        The guys’s a complete troll. Every post he makes is some negative and usually totally irrelevant crap about Kobe. Just ignore.

  4. ss3walkman - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Why all the hate on Ray Allen? When did he ever carry a team? I remember his days as a Buck were he dominated. I remember his Seattle days were he really became a star. I remember the West semis where he literally shot Seattle to make it a series against the Spurs while Rashard Lewis was crying about a toe injury.

    I remember 2-3 seasons ago when in the playoffs Ray put 50+ points on the Chicago Bulls in OT trying to keep his team alive with KG and Pierce out. This man has earned his due. Def top 20 SG all time and could make a case for top 50 all time cause of his 3 point shooting. Remember before coming to Boston he was a 25 per night player. Give the man his due.

  5. Eric Fay - Jan 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    great banter! my opinion is that both players are great, both needed other players on their respective teams to get their ring (s) … no great has ever beaten another team by himself, 1 on 5

  6. hollywood26 - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    He was right though. I refuse to even acknowledge the silliness of saying he’s not a sure fire HOF player.

    You have to have those glue guys who have been through it and can get the more talented young players properly prepared to go out and perform. In the NBA the difference isn’t talent so much as preparation

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