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Ray Allen
Ray Allen
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Born: 07/20/75
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Earnings: $184,356,410 ($240,587,554*)
SLAM’s 25-year history as a print publication may have been hindering the company, Schnur said, because people saw it as an older brand with an older audience. Now, the organization has leaned even further into its heritage, Schnur said, as it released new T-shirts in late June through its collaboration with Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co. Inc., featuring its magazine covers with NBA legends Allen Iverson, Ray Allen and Tracy McGrady. Since pouring more resources into apparel in 2019, SLAM has seen 25 percent month-over-month sales growth. “We hope to make this a $5 million to $10 million business annually, ideally over the next few years,” he said.
Thompson said his disappointment wasn’t tied to the financial incentive. “The money’s nice, but I’m just trying to build a résumé,” he said. “And I see some other guys who played my position growing up, you know, the Ray Allens, Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin — I try to be in that mold. They made, you know, three, four All-NBA teams — I’m trying to get to that level. And it didn’t happen this year, but hopefully, go to another Finals next year and it might happen then.”
4 months ago via ESPN
On May 1, 1998, the world met Jesus Shuttlesworth, the fictional phenom from Coney Island’s Lincoln High, portrayed on screen by Ray Allen, then a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Spoiler alert: In the end, like Marbury, Jesus picks college over the NBA. “It’s pretty obvious who they were doing the movie on,” said Marbury via phone from China. He’s 41 now, and recently retired from basketball. “It doesn’t take rocket science to figure that one out. Who else are you doing it on? What other player …?” In a 1998 interview with The New York Times, Spike Lee, born in Atlanta and raised in Brooklyn, addressed the eerie similarities between Marbury and Shuttlesworth. “Even though Stephon, and his father, and his brothers, might think this is the Marbury story, it’s not about them,” Lee said. “Coney Island has been basketball crazy for a long time. And the story is not unique. It happens to a lot of these kids.”
In Washington, Lee had a bona fide movie star to put butts in the seats at the theater. But Lee agonized over casting. “I kept thinking … who am I gonna cast to play Jesus?” Lee told PBS’s Charlie Rose in May 1998, after He Got Game became the director’s first film to open No. 1 at the box office. “I knew I had to get a ballplayer from the NBA to play Jesus … it would’ve been a riskier move getting an actor to show those skills that we needed on the court … you can get away with that in boxing films, baseball films and football films. But for basketball, you need somebody who can play. And there’s no actor today — that I know — that [has] skills like … they’re pro material.” Before filming the project in the summer of 1997, Lee put together a long list of NBA players — from Ray Allen to Kobe Bryant to Kevin Garnett, to Tracy McGrady and more — that he’d consider for the role. But only one could be Jesus. “I was one of the players who was asked to audition,” Marbury said with an abrupt pause, “… to play me.”
It’s March 4, 1997. The Milwaukee Bucks are visiting the Garden. A lifelong New York Knicks superfan, Lee, as expected, is in the building, perched in his usual courtside seat. After a first half of eyeing sharpshooting rookie Allen, 22, whom Milwaukee traded to get the night of the ’96 draft (in exchange for Marbury), Lee approaches the shooting guard. In this moment, the director doesn’t play his normal heckling role. He’s a recruiter. “Spike says, ‘Hey, I’m doing a movie. I’d love for you to audition for it,’ ” said the now-retired Allen, 42, a 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. “I gave him my information … but didn’t know if it was going to amount to anything.” A month later, when the Bucks failed to advance to the playoffs, Allen took up Lee on his offer and met with him in New York. “He told me, ‘I want you to audition for the lead role, but if you don’t get it, you may possibly get [another] role in the movie.’ ” Allen had never acted a single day in his life. “I told him I’d love to try my hand.”
Curry shot 8 for 12 from deep to pass Ray Allen (385) for career postseason 3s with 386, had a postseason career-high 15 rebounds, seven assists and the 31st 30-point postseason performance of his career. On one of his marvelous 3s, the two-time MVP knocked one down from way back late in the third, nearly did the splits in the air and landed on his behind — still smiling all the while.
Curry moved past Jason Terry with back-to-back 3s early in the third quarter and ended a 28-point night with 2,285 3-pointers in his career, trailing only Allen (2,973) and Miller (2,560). Curry saved the game ball and hopes to get it autographed by Allen and Miller, players he called trendsetters when it comes to long-range shooting. “Obviously I want to catch them and put together many more years at this pace,” Curry said. “But just knowing that those two guys are right in front of me, for sure. I respect the game and I respect what guys have done before and those two guys are guys I’ve looked up to.”
Curry, 30, acknowledged before the game how much his ascension on the list means to him as he passes each name. Once Friday’s action ended, he said he took the game ball with him and was hopeful he could get it signed by Reggie Miller and Ray Allen, the only two players currently in front of him on the list. “It’s just a special accomplishment,” Curry said. “In terms of two guys that I know are trendsetters in stretching the imagination of the 3-point game. Doing it for many, many, many years, and people that I looked up to as a young kid playing the game. Obviously with my dad [Dell Curry] sparked a love of shooting the basketball — to look up on the list and obviously I want to catch them and put together many more years at this pace. Just knowing those two guys are right in front of me, it’s a special moment, for sure. “Because I respect the game, I respect what guys have done before, and those two guys — those are guys I looked up to.”
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The guard accrued a $25,000 fine from the NBA after “recklessly throwing the game ball into the spectator stands,” the league announced Monday morning. Iguodala had his own response. In an Instagram video, Iguodala shared a scene from “He Got Game,” a Spike Lee film featuring actor Denzel Washington and 10-time NBA All-Star Ray Allen.
Beal and Rivers were often compared because of their similarities, but they saw their differences and dwelled on them. At the time, Beal viewed Rivers the way many opponents did and still do to this day. “All of us, the AAU kids, we always hated Austin because we felt like he had an unfair advantage,” Beal explained. “Your dad, [Doc Rivers], was an NBA coach, you’ve been able to work out with Paul Pierce and [Kevin Garnett] and Ray Allen and all that. We felt like you had the upperhand. He had the NBA socks when we were playing. We were thinking about all of this stuff. You had access to all this stuff and we didn’t. We were kind of envious of it. His game was like super far advanced from everybody else; his handle, his floater, everything. In a way, we were like ‘man, this dude.’ We were kind of jealous of him for a little bit.”
Parker, who left the Bucks during free agency in July to sign a two-year, $40 million contract with the Chicago Bulls, began the summer by working out with Ray Allen in New York. Allen, who starred for the Bucks from 1996-2003, was recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Allen, one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, spent four days working with Parker and, as one might assume, offered up shooting tips to Parker. Allen came away suitably impressed with the 23-year-old Parker. “He’s a very good, humble, down-to-earth guy,’’ Allen said of Parker. “As a player, he reminds me of Paul (Pierce) but bigger. His potential is so great.’’
“When I played with him (in Miami), he had a lot around him that could do different things, so he didn’t always have to carry the weight,” Allen added. “Cleveland, it was a little different. He needed more shooters around him. “(In L.A.), he doesn’t have that many shooters around him, so how are they going to fit in? (Lance) Stephenson and (Rajon) Rondo both need the ball in their hands. So is he going to give up more of that responsibility and Is he going to become somewhat of a spot-up shooter at the same time? Or are those guys going to become shot-up shooters? It’s going to be interesting to watch.”
While there have been endless instagram posts and twitter threads joking that Kobe Bryant would come out of retirement to join the Lakers, nobody had considered whether Ray Allen could join them. They do need some shooting after all, but thanks to Dan Patrick, now we have this content to discuss. Patrick asked the recently inducted Hall of Famer what it would take for him to join the Lakers if LeBron asked. Allen is clearly having a playful tone throughout, so it’s hard to take too much of what he said seriously. And unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to imagine the Lakers paying him anywhere near $10 million, even though they have a dearth of outside shooting.
Storyline: Ray Allen Comeback?
Allen on his final year with the Celtics, via NBC Sports Boston: “There were parts throughout the season where I was starting to feel this type of resentment toward me on the floor. Other people would tell me at first, and I would ignore it, because I don’t like people getting into my team business, because this is my teammate. But people would always say, “He looks you off. When you come off a screen, he sees you and he doesn’t pass you the ball when you’re open.” “At first, my family would say it, because they watch intently, and they they know the game. And so I just said, “Listen, because you have said this before about other guys, but I don’t engage in that.”
“So then, I started paying attention to it, because I started noticing it. And I went to Doc. And I asked Doc, and I said, ‘Doc, I think dude is looking me off, and he’s not passing me the ball. And I don’t know why, but I’m coming off, I’m running the plays that you’re drawing up, and he’s not passing me the ball. And he’ll shoot it or he’ll go in the other direction.’ And Doc’s response was, ‘I know. We talked about it as a coaching staff.’ I was like, ‘Wow. So you knew this whole time and you didn’t say anything. You didn’t address it to me and, more importantly, you’re not addressing him about it.’ I think his response or his way of handling it was, this is when he wanted to bring me off the bench.”
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With the same poise he displayed throughout his NBA career, Ray Allen closed Friday night’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony with an eloquent speech in which he reveled in the accomplishments of his two championship teams and only praised key members of the Boston Celtics’ 2008 title squad. In a week during which Allen’s fractured relationship with some from that 2008 Celtics team, including Rajon Rondo, hovered over his induction, Allen stayed above the fray. He suggested that former teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will soon join him in Springfield, and praised Danny Ainge for assembling that Big Three.
1 year ago via ESPN
Ray Allen: What an incredible journey I’ve been on!! Tomorrow my days on the hardwood will officially be commemorated by an induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame!! Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined this happening to me! What I’ve learned is, no matter what the task is at hand you have to commit to it and never give up! And around every corner there’s someone that doesn’t understand you or your mission, so what they will do is try to distract you or confuse you from your process. Don’t let them succeed!!! Be stubborn about your mission and your goals. Don’t let your friends or your enemies keep you from your greatness. I’m walking into a place tomorrow because I wouldnt give up on myself or my mission. There will be times where you will have to choose your mission over your friends or even family. Your friends will wonder why you don’t hang out with them more! You will say, “I gotta put this work in”. If they love you they will understand! If they don’t understand, well now is where your challenges begin! And that will be your first stepping stone to become great at whatever it is youre gonna do in life! Thank you to every person that’s ever encouraged me to go get it! You all know who you are! I’m not where I am without the incredible people in my life that have continued to show me the way! @hoophall @jumpman23 @uconn @uconnmbb @uconnwbb @bucks #Sonics @celtics @miamiheat #HillcrestHighSchool @nike

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What an incredible journey I've been on!! Tomorrow my days on the hardwood will officially be commemorated by an induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame!! Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined this happening to me! What I've learned is, no matter what the task is at hand you have to commit to it and never give up! And around every corner there's someone that doesn't understand you or your mission, so what they will do is try to distract you or confuse you from your process. Don't let them succeed!!! Be stubborn about your mission and your goals. Don't let your friends or your enemies keep you from your greatness. I'm walking into a place tomorrow because I wouldnt give up on myself or my mission. There will be times where you will have to choose your mission over your friends or even family. Your friends will wonder why you don't hang out with them more! You will say, "I gotta put this work in". If they love you they will understand! If they don't understand, well now is where your challenges begin! And that will be your first stepping stone to become great at whatever it is youre gonna do in life! Thank you to every person that's ever encouraged me to go get it! You all know who you are! I'm not where I am without the incredible people in my life that have continued to show me the way! @hoophall @jumpman23 @uconn @uconnmbb @uconnwbb @bucks #Sonics @celtics @miamiheat #HillcrestHighSchool @nike

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Some Bostonians, including several of Allen’s former teammate’s, still haven’t forgiven Allen for the way he left as a free agent in 2012. But with Hall of Fame induction upon him, he would prefer to focus on the success the franchise found during his five seasons there rather than the ugly fracture that resulted from his departure. “People look at how I left, but I look at how I lived while I was there,” Allen said. “That to me was the most important time in my life because I had never won and I was able to win. And that’s probably the most important thing that I want people to remember is the time that we spent together. Now I do understand the angst that people have towards me is because they loved me so much, because I was a part of that community, a part of everything they did, a part of winning. But like we all know, it becomes such a business that you ultimately have to decide when it’s time to fold up your tent, you’ve got to move on. There’s so many different factors in play.”
Scalabrine, who played for four teams over a 12-year NBA career, said hardly anybody else stretched themselves like Allen did during shooting drills. Kyle Korver, another of Scalabrine’s former teammates, had a more meticulous method of preparation. “I hear Dirk (Nowitzki) does it. Curry’s the only other guy I’ve ever seen do the same thing,” Scalabrine said. “Curry works a little bit faster than when he plays in the game. You watch Curry and you think, ‘Man, he’s just getting that shot off so quick.’ He actually does it faster in his workouts. Those are the only two guys I’ve ever seen do that. “The catch-and-release — Ray is like catching it and seaming it and letting it fly at the last minute. The game to him, it has to be slower because of the way he works.”

The several thousand fans who attended a draft night party at the Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee were delirious when their team chose Marbury. A short time later, though, they became incensed when then Bucks general manager Mike Dunleavy and newly-hired coach Chris Ford informed them of the trade. “Everybody in the Bradley Center was booing,’’ Allen recalled. “That was hard for me. I felt so unwelcomed.’’ But Allen quickly transformed the jeers to cheers. He won over Bucks Nation with his extraordinary shooting and scoring skills while joining forces with Glenn “Big Dog’’ Robinson and Sam Cassell to form the Bucks’ “Big Three.’’
Allen spent four-plus seasons in Seattle before going on to play with the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. He was a member of the Celtics’ 2008 title team and the Heat’s 2013 championship team. While Allen, a 10-time All-Star, saw his hopes of winning an NBA title in Milwaukee come up short, he looks back on his days in Milwaukee with fondness. “I’d probably still be in Milwaukee today if we had gotten to the Finals that season,’’ said the 43-year-old Allen, who holds NBA records for career 3-pointers in a season and postseason. “It was great to be there early in my career and, over my years in Milwaukee, I learned what good, down-to-earth people lived there.’’
Your shooting allowed you to continue playing, so when you left in 2014 there had to be an opportunity to return? Ray Allen: I was never close to coming back, man. Nobody presented anything tangible to make me question and say, “You know what: I like this opportunity, it’s sound, it makes sense. Let’s look at this.” Nobody did that. So I stayed retired. As much as I put in to being prepared, it’s tougher as an older player to stay ready because you get tight quicker. So I was curious what teams that wanted my services, if they were actually going to use me.
Storyline: Ray Allen Retirement
Ray Allen: Some teams were discussing having me at the end of the bench mentoring our younger players. I don’t think I wanted to come back like that. I wanted to play to help if I came back. Don’t look at me and tell me that I could still play. We want you to play, but we want you to sit on the bench and mentor the younger guys. What was tricky was, it was all about what a team would offer me financially, because that was their commitment to me that they were going to play me in their rotation because I can help them win.
Speaking at SiriusXM NBA Radio, Parish, who helped the Celtics win three rings in the 80s, said that Allen and his former teammates should get past all the drama for what they achieved as teammates was a great accomplishment. “Those guys went to war together, battled together,” Parish said. “They won that very elusive championship with how difficult that was in itself. And now they’re going to let a little fighting come between a special team. They were able to achieve excellence. And now they’re going to let a little fighting just destroy all that. I think that is very immature and petty.”
It’s common knowledge that the relationship deteriorated with your old championship Celtics teammates after you left to join Miami in 2012. Where does that stand today? Ray Allen: I talked to Paul a year ago today, and we patched it out. So much was made about my decision, and they were upset with me because I left for Miami. But it will never change what went on between us in 2008. Any communication with KG, Rondo, Glen Davis? Ray Allen: Nope.
You’ve chosen Reggie Miller to enshrine you on Friday — why and was Reggie surprised? Ray Allen: I’ve always watched him and there’s been a hate-love relationship with Reggie. I appreciate what he’s done and his skill, but he was such a competitor that you wanted to root against him because he was playing against Michael Jordan, demolished the Knicks in eight seconds and single-handedly dismantled their defense. He’s had so many great moments in his career that I watched, so I was always competitive with it. As a player coming in, I just said, “Man, this is a guy that I somewhat want to be like.”
Doc Rivers: “I think he should be celebrated. I think he should be celebrated in Boston. He’s responsible for that banner. If I had one wish, I wish I could do a better job of getting that group back together. I can get a lot of them back together; I just can’t get the whole group. They really should be because they were so close, and it really hurts me to see what’s going on.”
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Rivers isn’t certain he’ll ever get Allen and Rondo to mend fences. “I’ve tried, I can tell you that,” Rivers said. “It’s a lot of little things. Here’s the thing: You have two Hall of Fame guys as far as their competitiveness. The reason that Ray was who he is, Rondo was who he is, Kevin, Paul — I think Paul has done the right thing as far as throwing out the olive branch. [But] it’s also why we were really good is why they don’t get along: very stubborn, very tough, very competitive and no one wants to give in.”
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Allen admits he hasn’t discussed The Shot much, which capped one of the most improbable victories in league history. First, Allen witnessed the yellow ropes and championship trophy being carted to the court with under a minute left in Game 6. “It hurt,” Allen told The Athletic. “It hurt so bad. I was angry. I was so pissed because the game wasn’t over with yet.” … “I was so pissed because the game wasn’t over with yet. That’s what happened in 2013, too, when they were assuming that the Spurs were going to win. It was that same feeling that I had in 2001. It was anger. That’s why you just don’t give up and fight until the end.”
In his mind, there isn’t one favorite shot in his Hall of Fame 18-year NBA career, but how about The Shot? “I don’t rate my shots, but it was special,” Allen told The Athletic. “There are so many shots that I have been a part of. The shot is one thing, but I know what I have done to get in that position. The things that happen in practice mean more to me than anything. The games are what fans see, but practices are really how I was made.”
Allen still was a full-service offensive threat, equally adept at scoring off the dribble or shooting from outside. But the league was changing. When he was drafted, NBA teams averaged 1,377 3-point attempts per season. In his 10th season, Allen took nearly half that number (653) by himself. And by his final year, 2013-14, teams were jacking up nearly 30 percent more treys than when he started. “When George Karl came in, we played faster,” Allen said. “And if we had a good shot available, we’d always take it. But early in my career, a lot of my coaches – if you took the 3 – were like, ‘You don’t have to settle. You’re settling.’ Now that’s changed.
Write Hall of Fame speech, clocking in at a tidy 4:59 given the five-minute max, for first-ballot enshrinement in 2018. Allen chuckled a bit at the idea of such a plan in a wide-ranging conversation last week. “I’ve got to tell you, you couldn’t be further from the truth,” he said. “I had a plan for nothing. I didn’t know how it was supposed to go down. What I wanted to make sure of was that I didn’t take myself out of the game by causing my own faults and my own mistakes.”
Allen’s sense of purpose, of seizing any opportunity to move on from Dalzell and succeed, made him a little wiser beyond his years. “It goes back to when I was 12 or 13,” he said. “There were so many outside forces I paid attention to, when it came to drinking alcohol, exercise, food. What I always did, I put myself in situations around people I could learn from. People who were doing it the right way. “I didn’t know it while I was doing it, but I was gravitating toward those individuals. Going to UConn, I was around other people how had like minds, who wanted to grow and get better and win. It wasn’t just that they were saying it – I was seeing it. … The habits of being successful.”
Shane Larkin opens his eyes, sits up and embarks on his own tortured version of “Groundhog Day.” He grabs the remote, clicks on SportsCenter and hops out of bed to wait for his “number.” He is 8 years old, and every morning presents a new set of unpredictable parameters that are purely arbitrary. As he starts to get dressed for school — a ritual that can last a few minutes or sometimes hours, depending on the number for the day — he notices an image of Ray Allen flickering on his television screen. Allen, it seems, hit eight 3-pointers in a game the night before. Suddenly, a sensory message makes a beeline for Shane’s brain and informs him of the number for the day: eight. “And then I know,” Larkin tells ESPN, “that I have to wash my hands eight times.”
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During his time in Boston, Nate Robinson formed a connection with shooting guard Ray Allen — initially because “Ray had some of the coolest shoes.” The pair’s relationship, however, eventually blossomed beyond sneaker talk. “I wanted to try to take something from his game and implement it in mine,” Robinson said. “Watching his work ethic, getting shots up, running on the treadmill, I just took the hard work and dedication he put into the game and put it in mine.”
In late April, Hamilton did just that. He attended a week-long tour of military bases across the world as part of a trip with the USO — furthering the NBA’s longstanding relationship with the military and its members. “We have the best league in the world,” Hamilton, a three-time All-Star who won a championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and officially retired in 2015, told USA TODAY Sports. ” … When you see opportunities like this to go over there — not just me, but from Ray Allen and Caron Butler and everybody else — to go over there and support our guys, support our troops, and be a part of their daily lifestyle.
With his Air Jordan XX8 exclusives in tow to close out his first season in Miami, the 2013 Finals still presented an unmistakable challenge that Allen wouldn’t dare overlook. “We had an extreme fear playing against San Antonio,” he admits. “It seemed like every time they came out, we didn’t know who was going to shoot the ball. The way Pop ran his offense, it was so many different things that could happen.”
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In two seconds, he calmly retreated all the way from the paint’s restricted circle along the baseline — six purposeful steps back — before planting his size 14 Air Jordans just behind the 3-point arc. Bosh expertly pinpointed a pass directly to Allen. The smooth shot looked exactly like any other of his league record 2,973 threes, from his balance before the catch, to the elevation on his jump, and the height on his release. “As that ball bounced, I went back to where I know I belong and what I do well,” said Allen. “The rest is history.” It was his only made 3-pointer of the game, and a shot that ranks at the very top of his career. “Probably the most nerve-racking,” said Allen. “You’re so heavily scrutinized and under such criticism during that time of the year. Everything that doesn’t go in your favor, you feel like the weight of the world is crashing down on you.”
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But when Ray Allen squared up against Denzel Washington for the iconic final scene in 1998’s He Got Game, fate, as it were, took over. “It was supposed to be 11-0,” Allen recently told Yahoo Entertainment. The two-time NBA champ has a new autobiography out called From the Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love, and he recalled filming the Spike Lee classic, which turns 20 this year. “But when we started playing, [Denzel] started shooting the ball, and the ball was going in,” said Allen.
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Allen propelled Miami to an NBA title in 2013 with a 3-pointer in Game 6 of the Finals against San Antonio that is regarded as one of the greatest clutch shots ever. He says hard work and experience is why some players want the ball at the biggest moments. “Those great players in the league will do that consistently,” Allen told podcast co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg. “They continue to do their jobs and don’t let the circumstances get the better of them.”
Ginobili also moved into third in NBA history in postseason 3-pointers, passing Reggie Miller with his 321st career playoff bucket from range. Ray Allen (385) and LeBron James (337) hold the top spots. “He’s the ultimate competitor,” said LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored a team-high 22 points for the Spurs. “He makes things happen. He has no quit in him, and he definitely made some big shots tonight and some big plays.”
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Storyline: San Antonio Spurs Sale?
Allen, then 27, already was a three-time all-star and had led the NBA in three-pointers made the previous two seasons. He’d won an Olympic gold medal in 2000. He was a fan favorite, liked Milwaukee and was entrenched in the community. For whatever reason, Karl didn’t care for him. “The funny thing is, I never had any confrontation with George,” Allen said. “We never had arguments. It was always, ‘George doesn’t like you.’ I was hearing this from other people. Why? I think he didn’t like the way I was, the type of person I was. There was a Sports Illustrated article about me that said I wore a suit to games, and Karl said I cared more about being cool than being tough. Ultimately, he just didn’t like me.”