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.