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Allen tired of life as a decoy

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08:08 AM ET 10.22 | Ray Allen's beef with Boston wasn't so much about his routinely coming off the bench, but more about respect. In the end, Allen didn't feel appreciated in Boston. In his final two seasons there, he was made to feel old. "In Boston, they were telling me they were going to bring me off the bench -- 'We're going to play you less minutes' -- and all I asked was, 'How are you going to use me because the last two years you've been using me as decoys,'" Allen said. "You're running all these plays for me just to pass it to somewhere else." ... Old and in the corner, pushed to the periphery and collecting dust like a forgotten household appliance, or maybe an old bowling trophy: Allen wasn't going out like that.

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October 22, 2012  08:30 AM ET
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"You're making yourself look bad. You're whining. You're rehashing situations that are 2 and 3 yrs old. I understand you're still upset. Face it, your skills were diminishing. But you could've stayed w/ the team, built on your legacy. Had your number retired. Essentially you're man w/ out a country. You'll make it to the HOF, but what jersey would you wanna be honored in?"

1. He was just answering (honestly) a question he was asked.

2. Doesn't sound like Ray is the only one who is still upset...

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October 22, 2012  09:19 AM ET

Getting old isn't easy for most athletes. It's sxtremely difficult to accept the fact that you can't do what you use to do, but noone has ever outrun father time.

 
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