donderdag 3 november 2016


Na Kobe Bryant -waarover we al een jaar wisten dat hij zou gaan stoppen na 2016-2017- en Kevin Garnett, was Ray Allen de derde NBA-Superster die zijn pensioen als speler aankondigde. Zoals altijd in dit soort gevallen pakt het Magazine -maar meer nog de Website- van 'Sports Illustrated' dan flink uit. Hieronder het eerste stukje van dat overzicht, dat ik een ieder met voldoende tijd aan kan raden.

Het complete stuk vind je --- Hier ---

Ben Golliver
Wednesday November 2nd, 2016
Obsessive. That’s long been the go-to adjective to describe Ray Allen, who officially announced his retirement on Tuesday, more than two years after he played his last game with the 2014 Heat. The future Hall of Famer, two-time champion all-time leading three-point shooter stressed the importance of his “Boring old habits” in a letter announcing his decision posted on The Players’ Tribune.
Obsessive attention to his shooting mechanics and warm-up routine. Obsessive attention to his physique. Obsessive attention on his internal motivation, eschewing naysayers and yaysayers, alike.
“You’ll win a championship in Boston,” Allen writes. “You’ll win another in Miami. The personalities on those two teams will be different, but both teams will have the same thing in common: habits. Boring old habits. I know you want me to let you in on some big secret to success in the NBA. The secret is there is no secret. It’s just boring old habits.”
Allen’s singlemindedness and commitment produced a career so long and distinguished that it can be broken into eras. He was Jesus Shuttlesworth in 1998’s “He Got Game” and he was “Mr. Yellow Ropes” during the historic 2013 Finals. Along the way, he plied his trade for the Bucks, SuperSonics, Celtics and Heat, piling up 10 All-Star and two All-NBA selections and cultivating the league’s most envied shot.
“The greatest shooter to play the game,” Stephen Curry wrote on Twitter Tuesday, the ultimate compliment from the ultimate authority on the subject.


Het hele (lange) stuk van (Sports Illustrated) met een historisch overzicht van de carrière van Ray Allen lees je --- Hier ---

Bekijk ook mijn Serie artikelen over het Belang van de Orange Lions, en de noodzaak om op de komende NBB-ALV meer geld te begroten voor Oranje Basketball/NMT:   ---  Hier   ---

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