Here’s what Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen said at 2009 NBA All-Star weekend about his legacy and how important it is to win games that matter:

Ray Allen: (Winning) does take you over the hump.  People talk about great players in the league and you compare greatness with what you did on winning teams.  Did you ever win the big game? I remember for the longest time that discussion, and that discussion still takes place today with Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing, two guys we feel are two of the best players in the history of the game. That’s the one negative that people always talk about.  Now I’m talking about it.  It does take you to that next level.  Then they start comparing you to other players that have won and are on that level caliber of player.