It’s been confirmed that the NBA will allow players to wear jerseys with their nicknames on the back during select games this season. According to ESPN, the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets will wear them when they meet March 12 and April 8.
Though the league has been tight-lipped about which nicknames will adorn the jerseys, legendary film director Spike Lee spilled the beans on one player’s earlier this week. On his Instagram page, he shared photos of Ray Allen’s ‘J. Shuttlesworth’ jersey, inspired by his character Jesus Shuttlesworth in Lee’s 1998 film He Got Game. Fifteen years have passed, but the film is one of the all-time greats in sports and the name has stuck with Allen throughout his Hall of Fame career.
Check out a few photos of Ray’s adidas basketball jersey below and let us know which other nicknames you’d like to see this season.
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.
For years, much of the media has repeatedly criticized Ray Allen’s pre-game ritual as being over-the-top or as him having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He has done the same thing for years with almost militaristic discipline. From taking his nap to shaving his head, from the food he eats to the relentless pre-game shooting before each and every game (today, in a unique choice of footwear; see below), Allen puts in the time it takes to be the best ever. After last night’s game against the rival Lakers, nobody, not even Reggie Miller, has the right to criticize Allen for his routine, because with 2,562 three-pointers in his career, he is now statistically the best.
Last night, although the Celtics took a loss against their rivals, the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers, this game was about Ray Allen. It seemed like the players and fans knew ahead of time that there wouldn’t be much substance to the game after “Sugar Ray” dropped in numbers 2,560 and 2,561. While the man he passed for the top spot sat on the sideline announcing the game, Allen pulled up from behind the arc in transition, and just like we’ve come to expect after watching him for the last 15 years, nothing but net, and the record was finally his.
After the first quarter ended, Ray was honored with applause from the fans and both teams, and gave a respectful hug to Reggie Miller, the man whose record he broke. He then hugged his mother, wife and children.
Though there were 2,560 before it, number 2,561 will forever be remembered as the most important. Ray’s Jordan 13 PEs, featuring the Egyptian phrase meaning “it is written,” are headed to the Basketball Hall of Fame to further commemorate his accomplishment.
So, now with the record firmly in his hands, will Ray Allen finally relax on his rigorous routine?
Not likely, especially considering his shooting percentage being at 50.5 percent from the floor and 45.9 percent from beyond the 3-point line are both career bests; it seems he’s only getting better as he goes.
A Jordan 9 Bin 23 on the left foot and the Jordan 11 Ray Allen exclusive on the right, a record setting pre-game combo.
Ray Allen becomes NBA’s all-time three-point leader.
Ray celebrates his accomplishment wearing the Jordan 13 Player Exclusive.
A closer look at the Jordan 13 Player Exclusive that will be on its way to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Allen acknowledges the crowd cheering his accomplishment.
Ray Allen knocks down a 3-pointer in the Jordan 2010 Team.
If you’re anything close to an NBA fan, you’ve probably seen this day coming for quite some time. Boston’s Ray Allen is set to take the all-time 3-point record away from Reggie Miller. Miller holds the current record for most 3-point shots made in a career at 2,560, but Monday Ray Allen moved within striking distance with two more 3-pointers. Allen trails Miller by just two now, and will look to take the record against the rival Los Angeles Lakers in Thursday.
In other action around the league, the Zoom Kobe VI seemed to highlight Monday’s games. However, there were a couple of celebrities that you might not expect to see in our Sneaker Watch coverage. One of the stars of the Super Bowl commercials, Darth Vader, made an appearance at the Staples Center. Snoop Dogg also came laced with goods from his latest partner, adidas Originals, and made a courtside appearance in Los Angeles.