Category Archives: Ray Allen

LeBron, Teammates Have Ray Allen’s Back … [ESPN]

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Players leave teams all the time. It is called, after all, “free” agency. Sometimes players leave a team and go on to its big rival, traditional rival or recent playoff rival. It happens. Yankees and Red Sox fans have experienced it again and again.

But for some reason, Ray Allen’s decision to leave the Celtics and sign with the Heat struck a chord that’s still reverberating. Now that the Celtics are rebuilding, and there was a mass exodus of players and the coach, LeBron James was reminded of all the criticism directed at Allen the former Husky legend, last year. The Heat are coming to Brooklyn to play against several former Celtics now on the Nets, and James told ESPN:

“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,’ … I think it’s OK; I didn’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving.

“That’s the nature of our business, man. I don’t know what Boston was going through at the end of the day. I know Ray had to make the best decision for him and his family and his career. Doc, KG and Paul did that as well. You can’t criticize someone who does something that’s best for their family.”

Adds a little spice to the NBA preseason, at least. Here is the full story on ESPN.com.

 

Q&A: Ray Allen’s Contributions, On and Off The Court, Go On and On

by Categorized: Kevin Ollie, Ray Allen, UConn men's basketball
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CROMWELL – Before heading over to Kevin Ollie’s tournament at Glastonbury Hills, I stopped by the TPC at River Highlands on a gorgeous Monday morning, where Ray Allen was hosting his golf tournament.

It has been quite a summer for Allen, who turned 38 on July 20 and whose clutch three-pointer sent Game 6 of the NBA Finals to overtime, where the Heat won to stay alive. (A signed photo of Allen launching that historic shot was up for the charity auction.)

He ended up with another championship ring, and he has decided to go for one more. Then he appeared in Washington, before the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, to help raise awareness for the need to continue fund Diabetes research. Allen’s six-year-old son, Walker, suffers from Type 1 Diabetes.

Last week, in Hartford, he was on hand as new computer equipment was installed at the Wish School, the fruits of his, and the Ray of Hope Foundation’s labors on this important front.

Ray Allen’s career goes on and on. Basketball has given him a platform and he is determined to put it to good use.

Here are some highlights of our interview:

On his appearance before Congress on July 9:

“It’s two-fold. I go I n there as an NBA player that has a voice, a little power where I can help mobilize people. But more importantly, I’m a father that wants a cure for my son and his diabetes. So my hope going in there was to create enough noise to make people understand this is a serious disease and I live with it every single day, and to make sure no kids lose their lives because they were misdiagnosed and their parents understand the warning signs. Fatigue, dehydration, bed-wetting. The Senators got a chance to see the face of diabetes, these little kids who have nothing to do with why they have the disease. My son handles it in stride, but over the summer, he’s kind of bucking taking his medicine. He takes it, but I can tell he’s starting to grow and he wants to be over it. He’s angry. He sees other kids running off into the distance and not worrying about anything.”

On the need for computer upgrades in public schools.

“It was probably one of the things I’m most proud of that I’ve done in my career, to be able to able to take that and go back and stand in front of little kids and say ‘I want to help you succeed. I want to help you be the best you can be.’ … As a society, we’re failing our kids. We’re not putting the money in the right places. The things we love, we get addicted to – TV, sports – the money needs to go into school system. If government isn’t putting money in, private sector has a responsibility. We need to make sure our public schools are up to snuff, that all kids are getting the chance for a good education, not just our own.”

Any thoughts of “going out on top” with a ring?

“I take it one day at a time. Just one day at a time. …. I thought about [retiring]. I thought Continue reading

In Ray Allen’s Own Words: ‘A Shot I’m Going To Remember a Long Time …’

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Ray Allen hit the biggest shot of his career, as you know, forcing Game 6 of the NBA Finals to OT, where his team, the Heat, won to stave off elimination.

Here are some excerpts from Allen’s post-game press conference  in Miami, Tuesday night, as transcribed by ASAP Sports:

On how the play unfolded:

Well, LeBron took the shot, and I knew we had time, I had to go I went into the paint to try to get the ball and make something happen. At that point there’s no guarantee who is going to get the ball or what may happen. And when I seen CB get the ball, I just backpedaled right to the three point line, and I was hoping I was where I needed to be. But I wasn’t quite sure. But just from years of shooting, I got to my spot.

… It’s going to be a shot that I’m going to remember for a long time. There’s a lot of shots that I’ve Continue reading

Facts and Figures: How Much Former Huskies Are Earning In The NBA [collegespun.com]

by Categorized: Caron Butler, Jeremy Lamb, Kemba Walker, Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Rudy Gay, UConn men's basketball
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Last weekend, the website Collegespun.com posted some interesting research about various major college basketball programs and the money their players have gone on to earn in the NBA. UConn, which currently has 13 players who earned more than $76 million this past season, ranks second on the list. Duke’s players earned $77.2 million, but there are five more, 18 of them.

Rudy Gay ($16.4 million) and Emeka Okafor ($13.5) led Huskies in the salary column.

Anyway, here is a link to collegespun’s piece.

This is a list of UConn players in the NBA and their current salaries. Imagine this might spur some Continue reading

Season Complete: A Look At UConn Huskies In The NBA

by Categorized: Andre Drummond, Caron Butler, Jeremy Lamb, Kemba Walker, Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Rudy Gay, UConn men's basketball
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The NBA regular season ended on April 17. Here is a look at how UConn players fared this year:

Ray Allen – Heat

79 games off the bench for defending champs, averaged 10.9 points in 25.8 minutes, Shot 44.9 percent from three-point range. Scored 63 in four games vs. Celtics.

Caron Butler – Clippers

Started 78 games for Division champs. Averaged 10.4 points, 24 minutes. Scored 33 vs. New Orleans on Nov. 26. Steal on a “fake high five” duped Jonas Valanciunas in Feb. a YouTube moment.

Andre Drummond – Pistons

60 games, 10 starts, 7.9 points, 7.6 assists in 20.7 minutes. Missed 22 games with knee injury, but had a Continue reading

UConn 66, Rutgers 54: Wrapping Things Up From XL

by Categorized: Big East, Kevin Ollie, R.J. Evans, Ray Allen, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball
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shabazzHARTFORD – Some notes, thoughts and quotes from UConn’s win over Rutgers.

I thought this would be a UConn win, but a tough, grind-it-out win and it basically was, though UConn made it look easier down the stretch. The game was tied at 32 with 10 minutes to play.

… Tough game to watch. No real offensive flow. When the game was tied, both teams were exactly 18 for 45 from the floor. UConn hit 10 of its last 17 shots. Here is the game story for the Monday Courant.

At Providence, then South Florida at Gampel, St. John’s at the Garden and Seton Hal at The Rock. How many can the Huskies win? If they run the table, they would be 17-5 when Syracuse comes on Feb. 13.

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Have written about Niels Giffey before, like after the Stony Brook game, which was his best game of the season, numerically. But he continues to provide the Huskies with valuable minutes off the bench, 22 in this game. Picks up the loose change, steps in there to intercept a pass, does a lot of nice things. You know, he’s missed only one free throw all year? He’s 15 for 16. Here’s more on Giffey, for the Monday Courant.

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Shabazz Napier was finally honored for his 1,000th point, scored against DePaul on Jan. 8. It kind of fell Continue reading

Jim Calhoun: Ray Allen Had Right To Make His Own Choice

by Categorized: Jim Calhoun, Kevin Ollie, Ray Allen, UConn men's basketball
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Jim Calhoun may not be retired as coach, but the old instinct to defend “his kids” will still kick in. He’ll notice if one of his own is slighted somewhere, and you can be sure he’ll respond.

 When he got up to speak to an overflow crowd at the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast Monday morning, he felt compelled to say something about Ray Allen, former Celtic, current member of the Miami Heat and forever one of Jim Calhoun’s Huskies. “I saw where Kevin Garnett said he’s not speaking to Ray, that’s no loss, frankly,” Calhoun said, just warming up.

“.. Last February we spoke to Ray, and the Celtics had told him, ‘you’re going to be traded, Continue reading

UConn 71, West Virginia 67: Jim Calhoun’s Take

by Categorized: Alex Oriakhi, Andre Drummond, Big East, Jim Calhoun, Ray Allen, Rick Pitino, Roscoe Smith, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball
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The story of UConn’s OT win over West Virginia as only Jim Calhoun can tell it:

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“Well, needless to say, I think probably, I’m not sure what Bobby [Huggins] would have said, but?? actually I loved coaching against Bobby and all of our guys that I know and some of these other guys I don’t know all that well.  But he knows that next week is an important week for all of us.

“For us, we got pounded on the boards.  We know that.  It’s kind of been happening a little bit, and we couldn’t Continue reading

Pregame at the Garden: Countdown to UConn-West Virginia

by Categorized: Jeremy Lamb, Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, UConn men's basketball
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NEW YORK – Arrived and set up at Madison Square Garden for another day of Big East Tournament action.

After a night of diligent research, UConn’s sports communications staff determined that Jeremy Lamb is the sixth sophomore to reach 1,000 points for the Huskies. The others were Rip Hamilton, Ray Allen, Ben Gordon Continue reading

UConn 81, DePaul 67: Wrapping Things Up at The Garden [Updated, 6:45 p.m.]

by Categorized: Alex Oriakhi, Andre Drummond, Big East, Jeremy Lamb, Jim Calhoun, Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Roscoe Smith, Ryan Boatright, UConn men's basketball
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Some notes, quotes and thoughts from UConn’s win over DePaul.

I asked Jeremy Lamb if he was somehow more comfortable shooting at Madison Square Garden. He said he didn’t know about any of that, “but I do like this gym.”

To some it’s The World’s Most Famous Arena, to Lamb it’s “this gym.” The low-key, even keel approach can be an asset this time of year. Lamb doesn’t get fazed. Here’s my Lamb-centric game story for the Wednesday Courant.

“I’m not trying to be Kemba,” he said. “But everybody would like to lead their team to a championship.”

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It really is so much better to cover a game when you can work the locker room, like we can at the Big East Tournament. Just putting that out there. … I asked Roscoe Smith about the way he’s putting up jumpers with Continue reading