“I'm just a piece to a puzzle, nothing more, nothing less. I am staying in my lane. I can't come in here and try to be Kevin Durant, LeBron James, or Paul Pierce. But I am a force.”
Allen said the experience from his Celtics days and maturity have helped him become a leader.
“The leadership role comes with the territory, and being a veteran and knowing what's right and what's wrong,” he said. "[With Garnett], I learned a lot from preparation. I like the way he practices, 110 percent effort in everything that he does, and I just feel like if you are going hard all the time, good things will happen. I took that from him.
“I learned a lot from all those guys. I took a little bit from each one of them.”
Cousins now helping Kings
Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins has been the subject of trade rumors since his third suspension of the season for an argument with coach Keith Smart. Smart said he has forgotten about the Dec. 21 incident, and general manager Geoff Petrie said Cousins isn't going anywhere.
Cousins managed his first NBA triple-double on Dec. 30 against the Celtics He went 4 for 12 from the field, displaying an uncanny ability to contribute in other areas when he isn't scoring. In his next two games, he combined for 39 points, 30 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Cousins appeared uncomfortable with the media after he returned from his suspension to notch a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) against the Knicks.
“I've been ready [to move forward],” he said. “I didn't have any expectations about [coming back]. Whatever [Smart] decided to do, I was going to do.”
Robinson finds his spot
Former Celtic Nate Robinson, who has bounced around the NBA since Boston dealt him to the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins-Jeff Green deal, has had his contract guaranteed for the season by the Bulls. Robinson has matured over the years, and has developed into a solid backup point guard in Chicago with Derrick Rose recovering from a torn left ACL
Day of decision
Fans should be marking Wednesday on their calendars; it’s when contracts have to be guaranteed for the season or the players waived. Players such as Indiana's Sam Young, New Orleans’s Lance Thomas, the Knicks' Rasheed Wallace and Chris Copeland, and the Celtics' Kris Joseph are playing with nonguaranteed contracts.
Former Brooklyn swingman Josh Childress, who has not made an impact since returning from his stint in Greece, is available. He asked to be waived by the Nets because he was not part of the rotation. Also, Houston waived former Ohio State sharpshooter Daequan Cook, who is looking for work after being traded or released by his third team. Cook left the Buckeyes after his freshman season . . . Kings guard Tyreke Evans received a second opinion on his ailing right knee and tests revealed a bruise. He is expected to return to the club during its upcoming homestand. The Kings moved Evans to shooting guard after he faltered at the point. They will need him soon with Marcus Thornton out indefinitely with a sprained left ankle sustained when he landed on Jason Terry’s foot after launching a 3-pointer against the Celtics . . . Brandon Roy has knee problems again and is out indefinitely as he ponders his future. Roy has been limited to five games this season after knocking knees with Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova during the preseason. The Timberwolves signed Roy to a two-year deal after he came out of retirement but if he is already experiencing knee issues, it may be time for the team to seek a replacement. They already lost Josh Howard to a torn anterior cruciate ligament . . . It's been a rough go for former Celtic JaJuan Johnson in the NBADL. He is shooting 40 percent from the field and was traded from Fort Wayne to Canton last week. He was the NBADL’s No. 1 draft pick after playing his rookie season in Boston.
Gary Washburn can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Material from interviews, wire services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report.