Former UConn guard Ray Allen was at East Granby High Saturday morning for a youth camp.
A few of the highlights from his brief chat with the media:
— HE HASN’T MADE a decision on whether or not to return for a 19th season in the NBA.
“No. I’m not in any rush,” the 39-year-old Allen said. “I played 18 years. The way I look at my career, I’m content with everything I’ve done. I’d just like to take this summer and see how it goes coming into training camp. I don’t want to go into a situation where I don’t understand the coaching, where I don’t understand the direction of the team.”
Allen says he’s not going to “force” any decision.
“If this is it for me, I’ll be content with that,” Allen said.
“To continue, the only argument is that I can. I’m in great shape,” Allen said. “But just because you can, doesn’t mean you have to. I know many people over the last couple of weeks have lobbied for me to continue to play.”
— TWO OTHER PLAYERS, one a teammate and another a former opponent, were also at the camp working with Allen: James Jones of the Heat and former Boston College forward Danya Abrams.
— A HANDS-ON teacher, Allen seemed to have a lot of fun while at the camp.
“It’s always rewarding. I look at a lot of these kids and they weren’t even born when I played at UConn. You see a lot of the parents that bring their kids; some of them I went to school with,” Allen said.
“I’ve always had a special affinity for this place because it’s been so good to me,” Allen said.
— HE, OF COURSE, had plenty of positive reviews of his former teammate, current UConn head coach Kevin Ollie.
“I knew he would be great and he’s be successful there,” Allen said. “And I don’t measure success by the amount of wins he has or even the fact that he won a championship. We all reveled in it and we’re all so proud of him and it gives us bragging rights as a state but more importantly I’m proud of what he’s done for those young men.”
— ALLEN, LIKE MANY, was taken aback by the injury to Paul George Friday night.
He doesn’t think the injury will keep pros away from USA Basketball, however.
“It’s still is a guy’s dream, everybody’s dream to play for your country, to play for USA Basketball,” Allen said. “It’s not going to deter guys from playing. Nobody feels like that type of injury is going to happen to them. We all risk injury every time we step on the floor.
“We have to be very cautious in how we play and how we take care of our limbs,” Allen added.