BOSTON — Celtics free agent guard Tony Allen left no doubt he'd like to be back next season.
"I'm a Celtic. I was born a Celtic. Doc (Rivers) is like my father.
Danny (Ainge) is like my uncle. Only the future knows what it holds. But I want to be here."
Allen, who yesterday was named the team's Sixth Star Award winner, has been here five years, but he apparently isn't the best with names.
He was overheard shouting to a team employee, "Bald man. Bald man. I need some socks.''
It hasn't been an easy ride in Boston for the former Oklahoma State All-American.
He's had a slew of injuries including the blown out knee after the infamous "after the whistle" dunk. Then there was the 2005 Chicago bar fight in which somebody was shot and last year him needing extra security for a game in Chicago due to a supposed death threat.
But the Windy City native has carved out a solid career for himself and could be a key in the series vs. the Heat. Ray Allen will certainly need some help trying to slow down Dwyane Wade.
Rivers said the first word that comes to mind with Allen was perseverance.
"Each year we've had to make the decision to bring him back,'' said Rivers. "He wasn't playing (much this season) but we noticed his attitude changed.''
No word if Butch Lee was at the Garden last night, but at least two legendary Marquette guards were.
Doc Rivers had a terrific three-year run at the Milwaukee school and later Dwyane Wade led Marquette to a final four.
"I called the priest (at school) and he said pray,'' said Rivers with a laugh.
That's about as good of advice anybody had on how to stop Wade, who averaged 33.7 points in his three regular-season meeting with the C's.