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Ray Allen wears Revs, Twellman Celtics

Posted by Frank Dell'Apa, Globe Staff  March 24, 2010 08:58 PM

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The jerseys of the Revolution's Taylor Twellman and Celtic Ray Allen both happen to be No. 20. Twellman wears the number because his father, Tim, had it with the Minnesota Kicks of the NASL. Allen goes with it because of his birthdate -- July 20.

Allen and Twellman have developed a relationship since meeting at Revolution game two years ago. And, Wednesday night, they exchanged No. 20 jerseys before the Celtics-Denver game, part of a promotion for Comcast's broadcasting of Revolution games.

Allen's experience with soccer began as a youngster, when he was living in Europe.

"I lived in England, so I was a forward," Allen said. "I was pretty good. I think playing soccer was one of those sports that developed me, footwork, just running, conditioning.

"You might be the best soccer player on earth, but when you play a little basketball it takes you to the next level, it makes you a little bit better, stronger than the rest of the guys. Living in another country, you just learn so many other things. I ended up choosing basketball."

Allen's take on soccer players: "I told (Twellman) I appreciate what they do. I told him you guys, in my opinion, are the best-conditioned athletes. The field is so big, they don't have timeouts, they just play and just run the whole time. We just have to be -- if we go up the floor, one, two, three, four, you look at everybody, man, everybody is blown. With soccer players they just are non-stop, just going. Soccer fans might be the best-conditioned fans because they do the same thing, too, non-stop."

Twellman's jersey was hanging in Allen's locker at the TD Garden.

"I'll wear it," Allen said. "Definitely got the Euro feel to it."

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