By the numbers, Ray Allen is now officially the greatest three-point shooter in the history of the NBA. With 1:48 left to play in the first quarter of Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Ray drained career three-pointer number 2,561 to pass Reggie Miller as the all-time leader. Afterward, Allen and Miller embraced at the announcer’s table, exchanging pleasantries and congratulations.
The most impressive thing about Ray passing Reggie on Thursday was how much less time it took him to do so. Reggie, unquestionably one of the game’s most potent shooters, converted his 2,560 threes in 1389 games in 18 seasons. On the other hand, it only took Ray 1074 games and 15 seasons to rack up 2,561. With Allen currently shooting the best three-point percentage of his career and still having a lot of life in his legs, he hasn’t only passed Reggie’s old record – he’ll shatter it.
What does breaking this record mean to Allen? The Jordan Brand sat down with their star sharpshooter to get his reaction to the achievement in a short video interview. In the clip, Ray discusses what makes him a great shooter, what it means to break the record as a Celtic, and the people who have helped him accomplish the feat. He also speaks about wearing Jordan shoes, which he’s done since the 1997-1998 season. Watch “Record-Breaking Ray Allen” below.
As a fan of NBA Basketball, and more specifically a fan of the Sacramento Kings, I’ve had all too much experience with foul calling. Not to say that we got cheated back in 2002 against the Los Angeles Lakers but it seems to be the turning point for us. Bitter or not I, along with just about every fan that has watched a pre-season game so far, seem to be wondering what’s up with all these technical fouls.
The one thing that personally I find disappointing about the timing of this new rule from the overseer of all things NBA, is that it happened AFTER Rasheed Wallace decided to step away from the game. I would imagine that if Wallace was playing this year under this new iron thumb whistle approach, he would have silently raised his eyebrows one too many times already and would be working on a long-term suspension by now anyhow. you can bet that it would have been entertaining for the few minutes it may have lasted though.
Under the new rules, officials seem to be instructed to T-up anyone who complains too long or even gestures. That means body language, emotion, passion, along with everything we love about watching our favorite players get in the zone, could be called a technical foul. Could you imagine the flip side to this, if Michael Jordan was given a technical for “the shrug,” or if LeBron’s “picture taking” fun with the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers was called a technical foul?
Passion is a large part of what separates the good players from the great ones. If we take out that passion from any “bad” we might see in Kobe Bryant or Kevin Garnett “politely disagreeing” with a call that didn’t go their way then it will eventually take the passion out of the things we love about watching these guys play basketball.
If you haven’t caught any of the games where this new approach to “appease the fans” with stricter enforcing of the no whining in basketball referees, then here is the highlight of the pre-season whistle blowing. KG made a quick exit from Tuesday’s Boston Celtics game for talking a bit too much about a call that Jermaine O’Neal received a technical foul on just seconds prior (his second in consecutive games). KG’s second technical came from laughing at the absurdity of his first. Could just be a bad night for the officials, right?
This summer, Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett opted out of his “lifetime” contract with adidas. After a seven-year stay with the brand, Garnett signed a deal with Chinese upstart Anta, which will include signature shoes and apparel. However, a few Garnett sneakers were already in the production stage before KG announced his departure, including the adidas Pro Model Lux.
Seen here in home and away colorways, the Garnett Pro Model Lux features a quilt-stitched premium leather base, complimented by black patent leather on the heel, eyestay and forefoot. Metallic gold is spotted on the adidas Three Stripes logo. Both shoes get help from Kelly green accenting and sport translucent toe caps and outsoles. KG personalization can be seen on the tongue, which features a signature patch and his number “5” on a lace tab. His initials are also visible through the translucent outsole.
Rajon Rondo is one of the many players in attendance at the World Basketball Festival in New York City. During the NBA Playoffs last year, Rondo unveiled the Nike Hyperfuse on court, and the shoes have become one of the most talked-about styles in footwear since. We’ve already shared with you our thoughts on the shoe in the Nike Hyperfuse Performance Review, but check out the video below to hear Rajon’s thoughts on the shoe, as well as how it stacks up against other shoes he’s worn in the past.
Aside from the shoes, we get a little bit more personal with Rondo and find out his top five favorite musicians as well. Check it out below.
If Kobe and the Lakers are going to be beaten next season while they attempt to “three-peat”, they will likely run into either last year’s runner-up the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat, or the Orlando Magic. He’s played in Miami, and beat Kobe and the Lakers. He’s played in Orlando, and there is no room for him now that a new Superman has emerged in Dwight Howard. Is there any reason Shaquille O’Neal wouldn’t suit up for the Celtics for the last couple years of his career?
The Celtics are a veteran team, which means people will say they are old and tired for the first half of the season, and then when they move into the late rounds of the Playoffs, people will say it’s their experience that got them there. It happened last season, and Boston barely missed adding their 18th NBA Championship to the history books. It will happen again this season.
There may be no more Rasheed Wallace, but with a pair of O’Neals in the middle, Boston’s defense in the paint would b,e at the very least, one of the best in the league. Even at 38 years old, Shaq is intimidating and changes shots. He might not average a beastly 3.5 blocks per game like he did 18 years ago, but a solid 20-25 minutes a game would be more than sufficient playing with Boston. With Kendrick Perkins out for the early months of the season, the Celtics can use a big man to fill space in the paint. Both Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal will benefit from each others’ playing time.
The Atlanta Hawks are interested, but realistically the pace of the Hawks game isn’t conducive to Shaq’s aging legs. Not to say that Shaq couldn’t contribute in Atlanta, but the Hawks need more than 20-25 minutes per game in the middle. Al Horford is a solid player, but the Hawks would need more from O’Neal than he can contribute at this point in his career.
So if Shaq goes to Boston, he’ll have a good chance at not only beating his old teammates in Miami, but he’ll be on a team that was second best in the league last season and improved on that team. He’d be finishing off a career of feuding with former teammate Kobe Bryant with the team that not only has the most historic rivalry with, but also has one of the best chances at beating them. Doing so could be the perfect ending to Shaq’s storied career and rivalry with Kobe.