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January 19, 2014 Updates

“I was just out of college for a year, after my rookie season,” said McCarty. “(Lee) gave us an acting coach, and the next thing we’re reading scripts. It made us comfortable. Every time the cameras went on, he let us be a little free with the script. We could add on or take away. He gave us that freedom.” And there was a good reason that Allen walked away with the lead role. “Ray was very good,” said McCarty. “I thought he did a heck of a job. He surprised a lot of people with how well he did.” Those who have met McCarty over the years, and know the film, tend to have the same reaction. “I always get teased, ‘Man, I didn’t know you were in that,’ ” he said. “A lot of people recognize it. It was a lot of fun, a great experience. Being in the movie is something that really reaches out to my people, so it was awesome.” Boston Herald

January 17, 2014 Updates

Allen collaborated with the NBA to design a shooting shirt that teams will wear for certain games in February, part of what he hopes brings additional spotlight to Black History Month. The shirt features the likeness of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Bill Russell and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights activist whose life is celebrated on Monday. "It's another celebration that we can improve on to try to create greater awareness, talking about where we've come as a people, as a league and as a country," Allen said. "It's an opportunity to talk about a great leader of the past, but even Martin Luther King, what he fought for was civil liberties not just for black people, but for all people. So to me, Black History Month has always been about equality of all people." ESPN.com

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Jesus Shuttlesworth returns to the court this week. Jesus Shuttlesworth may return to the big screen in the future. Miami Heat guard Ray Allen, who played the Shuttlesworth role in the 1998 movie "He Got Game," says he and filmmaker Spike Lee have spent time over the last couple months discussing a sequel and are currently throwing ideas back and forth about the project. "Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first," Allen said Tuesday night before the Heat played the New Orleans Pelicans. "But it's something we've been talking about for the last couple months. If we get a really good story line and are able to bring everybody back, then it would be something worth doing." Yahoo! Sports

January 7, 2014 Updates

Miami Heat guard Ray Allen, who played the Shuttlesworth role in the 1998 movie "He Got Game," says he and filmmaker Spike Lee have spent time over the last couple months discussing a sequel and are currently throwing ideas back and forth about the project. "Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first," Allen said Tuesday night before the Heat played the New Orleans Pelicans. "But it's something we've been talking about for the last couple months. If we get a really good story line and are able to bring everybody back, then it would be something worth doing." ESPN.com

The Heat on Tuesday released the nicknames players will wear on the backs of their jerseys as part of the NBA "Name Collection" that will be unveiled during Friday's nationally televised game in Brooklyn and later worn at three Heat home games: on January 21 vs. the Boston Celtics and the March 12th and April 8th games against the Nets. The choices, as approved by the NBA when factoring trademark concerns: Ray Allen: "J. Shuttlesworth" Chris Andersen: "Birdman" South Florida Sun-Sentinel

January 2, 2014 Updates

“I definitely was looking forward to going up against him and just being a part of something that I always (dreamed of). I actually try to model my game, model my shooting abilities just like him,” McLemore said of facing off against Allen for the first time in his career two weeks ago. Cowbell Kingdom

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The Hawks just couldn't close in regulation, not with James knocking down two three-pointers and dunking over Millsap in the final 1:49 of regulation, before driving and finding Ray Allen in the left corner, which led to a foul and Allen making three free throws. Nor could the Hawks complete the task in the overtime, with Korver and Millsap both missing three-pointers and Korver—with Mario Chalmers under him—unable to convert an inbounds lob from Pero Antic. "They made a bunch of really clutch plays tonight," Korver said. "We should have won that game a couple times. That's why they are champions. They've been through a bunch of these games, and we're still growing." "We were just one play away every time from putting them away and we couldn't do it," Horford said. "Credit to them." Bleacher Report

December 23, 2013 Updates

SLAM: Doesn’t that situation make you feel a bit better after all the drama and criticism for leaving the Celtics? Ray Allen: I had to take interviews and hear all year that I abandoned the team. But just like anything else in sports, when you become a free agent, the team has the right to continue to pay for your talents or bring somebody else in. I was in a unique situation, ’cause for three years the team had shopped me around and tried to move me. For that final year I was there, I was actually traded to Memphis. I got the phone call and told that I was traded for OJ Mayo. I was in San Francisco to play the Warriors. Danny Ainge and I talked and he asked me how I felt about it—I told him I was upset, that I couldn’t believe it. I said, “I can’t knock you, you have to do what you do for your team. I understand it’s a business [and] there’s nothing I can do about it.” He was like, “Well, I’ll be in touch.” I told my family we’ve been traded to Memphis. One of my sons said, “Don’t worry about it Dad, we’re Grizzlies fans now. We’re gonna make this work.” SLAM

SLAM: How did you deal with that all summer? The Memphis deal broke down obviously, but how did that make you feel heading into free agency? Ray Allen: There were some things negotiated trade-wise that I wasn’t particularly happy with. The direction of the team, so many things that I wasn’t happy with, and the team wouldn’t give me any assurances. It bothered me. I had to move on. I had the choice between going to the Clippers, Memphis, Minnesota or Miami. I came to visit Miami and I’m thinking, we just lost to them in the Conference Finals. They just won the Championship and I’m over here thinking—it was hard. It was hard for me to come to Miami. This is a team that we just went toe to toe with in a Game 7—can I see myself playing here? I spent two days meeting the general manager, meeting the owner. SLAM

SLAM: Throughout the time you’re making this decision, are you getting calls from your teammates? Did you get calls from your old teammates on the Celtics? Ray Allen: No. Nobody. I didn’t get a call. Nobody called me. When we made the decision, it was me circling the wagons and everybody was doing their thing, going in their directions and it was just us sitting here. It was about what we had to do to keep my family happy and together. SLAM

SLAM: Seems like it was the right choice—you got a ring and you seem to be in a good place. When you saw the team get broken up and sent to Brooklyn, what were your initial thoughts? Ray Allen: Just like I thought. That was my thought. Going into the situation, they were going to blow it up. I told my wife, “Imagine where we would be right now.” People were disgruntled and angry because I left, but it would’ve been easier for them if I got traded away. They felt better about it themselves. SLAM

SLAM: You’re 38. How much more time you got? Ray Allen: Hmmm. It’s hard to say. I was telling Mario Charlmers the other day, Any time you’ve done a job for so long, people tend to see it as a negative thing. People will say, “Oh he’s old. He got tired.” I was like, it’s interesting that we look at it as a bad thing, as much more we should be looking at it in celebration ’cause somebody has been able to last and take care of him or herself and have longevity in a career. That should be something that’s talked about more. It’s not like you’re in prison—you are doing something that you want to be doing for a long time. And you’ve got to manage to stay in tune, keep your body together, keep your mind together. For me it’s been a great challenge, but at the same time, there have been so many great rewards that come along with it. There’s a time when you look around and hear the conversation and the way things are going, like, wow, I’m starting to phase myself out ’cause generations are passing. Yet you still have to enjoy it. SLAM

December 17, 2013 Updates

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