Allen, who was sitting next to Glen Davis, began to explain his likes and dislikes of certain foods.
“The one food that I couldn’t and still can’t wrap my mouth around is cranberry sauce.”
“Hmm?!” Davis tries to say as he nearly spits out his water.
“Cranberry sauce- never could get into it. But you know what? I wasn’t even a big fan of turkey for a long time, and stuffing, and you know how your taste buds change as you get older? Collard greens! I didn’t eat collard greens. I used to eat corn, my mom made these beans with ground beef in it. She made plenty of stuff like ribs, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, but like true Thanksgiving food I wasn’t a big fan of.”
“Stuffing!” Davis yells out, as if he can already taste it.
“Yea stuffing, she started making stuffing with meat in it, and the other things,” Ray says back. “Now it’s like I love it. Now it’s off the hook.”
“Still can’t eat cranberry sauce?” Baby says, still finding it hard to believe.
“Nah I don’t eat cranberry, but collared greens are some of my favorite,” Allen responds.
Seeing how captivated Big Baby was by the discussion it was easy to see how important Thanksgiving was to him growing up.
“[It was] like a party,” he said, deep in thought. “Food galore. Ham, turkey, chitlins- a whole lot.”
I like reading about Ray Allen, pretty much whenever. Usually guys that have their heads on straight off the floor as much as he does lack a certain level of killer instinct (it’s called “perspective”), but Allen manages to rule as a person and as a player.
That said, that’s not why I shared this at all. I shared this because I read Davis’ comments in this dialog and kept imagining Davis with torn purple pants and scars from battling The Abomination. Seriously, why is his speech like the incredible Hulk?
“HMM?! BIG BABY LIKE TURKEY! BIG BABY LOVE CRANBERRY SAUCE! BIG BABY NO LIKE TRYPTOPHAN! TRYPTOPHAN PREVENTS BIG BABY FROM EATING MORE! BIG BABY EAT!”