Q&A with Tony Allen, former OSU star

by Jenni Carlson Modified: November 8, 2008 at 6:44 am •  Published: November 8, 2008
Basketball brought Tony Allen back to Oklahoma earlier this week. The former Oklahoma State star is living large as a key reserve with the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics.

Jenni Carlson: What was it like being part of the title team last season?

Tony Allen: That was a big experience. It was a stamp on my career. I never won nothing that big. It was an unbelievable feeling, and I’m just looking forward to trying to help this team do it again.

JC: Twenty years from now, what will you remember about the night the team raised the banner?

TA: I will remember it was a very emotional night for some of my teammates. For me, too, but I kept my tears in. I would say every time I look at that banner, every time I come into that building, I was a part of that. That’s a great feeling. A lot of people can’t say that.

JC: When were you more emotional, the night of the ring ceremony or the night you guys won the title?

TA: I was more emotional the night we clinched it than the night we got the banner. Once we had the banner up there, that was a smile and joy on my face.

JC: I hear you got your championship ring fitted for ...

TA: The pinkie.

JC: That’s true?

TA: Yeah, that’s true.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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