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Repeat this: The journey is arduous

Originally Published: April 29, 2009
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

Ray Allen cried. Or tried to. He sat in the Boston Celtics' locker room on June 17 and was overwhelmed not only by the moment, but by the reality of just how difficult it is to win an NBA championship.

He was an emotional mess. One scoop of joy plopped inside a waffle cone of physical and mental exhaustion. The Celtics had just won the league title, their first since 1986, but Allen was numbed by the journey. There were bear hugs and smiles, but by the end of it all, Allen was in ...

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