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Ray Allen
Ray Allen
Position: None
Born: 07/20/75
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Paul Pierce: When you come off a losing season, one of the worst seasons in all of basketball and get guys like Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, two perennial All-Stars, we felt like we had a championship team. That’s all we talked about once we got together. We didn’t want nothing less, because the year before I didn’t make the playoffs and neither of them made the playoffs. So we’d done all the other accomplishments in basketball — All-Star games, Kevin was an MVP — so the only thing left for us was a championship, so that’s all we really talked about. We felt like from Day 1, in the beginning, we could do it.
On Thursday, The White House announced the President has appointed Allen to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, which was “established by Congress in 1980 to lead the nation in commemorating the Holocaust and to raise private funds for and build the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.” And while this appointment may have you scratching your head in wonderment, it is fitting. Allen is a longtime supporter of the Holocaust Memorial Museum and has brought teammates and friends to the museum on frequent visits.
Fast forward to today, 30-some years later, Allen — a retired, 10-time NBA All-Star and future Hall of Famer — hasn’t forgotten where he came from. “Every day I would be on base, life would be the regular life I’ve always known on a military base,” Allen said in a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports, reflecting on his childhood at Shaw Air Force Base (S.C.) in the early 1990s. “And as (the U.S.) went to Operation Desert Shield, we had a lot of young men and women getting deployed … People started moving out, and it affected me first hand. I realized, ‘Wow, they’re actually going to war.’ And in a lot of cases, a lot of them were excited because they had trained their whole life … they were trained to go to war. I tried to put it in perspective, if I went to training camp all year and I never got to play a basketball game.”
From Turkey to Qatar to Afghanistan to Germany, Allen was back on military grounds. “It’s the least that we can do,” Allen said. “We’re afforded so many privileges. I think at times we can become entitled in this country. We think certain things are supposed to be the way they are. I can use up all these products and throw them in the trash then take my trash and put out to the curbside. I can get in my car and drive down the street of a road that’s paved. I can use a park system and drink water from a park. So many different liberties that we have in this country that a lot of us take for granted and in a lot of instances, those freedoms are being protected by people in other countries.”