"Since the draft, a lot of Celtics fans asked me what Ray Allen is going to bring to the table," said the current Quinnipiac University head coach. "I told them, you'll be watching a game and he's going to have a quarter where he's going to hit five or six 3-pointers and he's just going to take control of the game."
He learned long ago not to be surprised by Allen, the new Celtics guard who met with the Boston media for the first time yesterday.
"Ray was a better athlete than a shooter when he got to UConn," said Moore, who coached Allen during his sophomore and junior seasons. "He had a pretty-looking shot, but it was more of a line-drive. He worked so hard and once he got a little more of an arc on his shot, it developed into one of the best shots in NBA history."
And the stats back him up. Allen ranks second all-time in 3-points shot made (1,920), behind only Pacers legend Reggie Miller (2,560).
"There are so few people in sports that can do one thing superior," said Moore. "And Ray is a superior shooter. He has an incredibly quick release and his footwork in how he goes into his shot is perfect. He's always ready to shoot."
Moore also noted he's more than a great shooter
"He was one of those players you expected to be great," Moore said. "Boston will see how great a person he is. He carries himself with such dignity and class. He takes great pride in his appearance and he never wanted to look bad. And he has a hunger to improve."
Allen, a seven-time NBA All-Star, was the picture of confidence as he addressed the media yesterday. Wearing a traditional black suit with his wife and children off to the side, he expressed how excited he was to join the Celtics.
Allen joined the club in the blockbuster draft day deal with Seattle for Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and Jeff Green (the No. 5 pick). Boston also acquired the No. 35 pick, which it used to draft Glen "Big Baby" Davis.
"It seems like I've been in the doldrums for the last 41/2 years," said the guard of playing in Seattle. "Over the last few years, the (Seattle) organization has been in disarray. ... This is a long time coming and I would love to be a part of the next (Celtics championship)."
Moore also believes the 11-year NBA veteran, who averaged a career-best 26.4 points per game last season, will have no problem fitting in with his new backcourt mate, Celtics star Paul Pierce.
"I think Paul will be great for Ray and Ray will be great for Paul," he said. "When you put those two together you have a pair that can (each) score 30 every night. And the way Al Jefferson is growing, they will have three answers."
Allen fully agreed.
"I really look forward to playing with Paul Pierce," he said. "He's been a rival of mine for eight or nine years. He's a great competitor and one of the best players in the league."
Allen may have been the All-Star, but the big star of the press conference yesterday was new forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis.
There wasn't a reporter there who wasn't praying that he makes the team.
The hefty former LSU star had all in attendance in stitches with his stories that ranged from the origins of his nickname to his childhood fears.
"Well, when I was born I was a big baby and I was a big youngster," joked Davis. "I used to play peewee football and I used to whine a lot. And I was too big to play with my age group so I had to play with the next group up so they picked on me. And I grew up with a house full of women. I'm tough now, but I wasn't too tough back them. So my coach used to call me big baby."
But that wasn't the end of the story of his name.
"Call me Glen or Big Baby, but don't call me Ronald," he said. "My real name is Ronald, but I used to have nightmares about Ronald McDonald."
On a more serious note, he also addressed the issue of his weight. Many cited the weight as the cause of his struggles last season after a second-team All-American season his sophomore year.
"I felt I have the chance to be great (in the NBA)," he said. "In order to be great you have to be great mentally, physically and emotionally. And that's what I went to be, so I have made it a priority to change my body to maximize my potential. ... The oatmeal was tough though."