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Miami Heat: How Ray Allen Operates

Miami Heat: How Ray Allen Operates

Target all locked, hands tightly gripped, as the trigger pulled and went dead straight toward it’s marked. That is how shooters work ─ one shot, one bullet… less would always be more.

Three years ago, with 2.1 seconds left on the clock on their second overtime, Ray Allen without hesitation delivered the game winning shot along the three-point arc. The Charlotte Bobcats have fought the Boston Celtics all night, but it was the silent assassin that made the difference.
Ray Allen lives for this moment… he welcomes this challenge every time, eluding defenders, delivering daggers after daggers with precision and minimum work.

That is why Ray Allen at age 37 still practices his shooting touch. He still goes through all the details meticulously, while doing the same routine for most of his life with dedication and discipline. This has helped him throughout his career, winning a championship, playing in the All-stars and still the most coveted shooting guard in the NBA today in spite his age.

He had made tons of game winning shots; however it was those missed shots that drove him to work more. Shooting be it on a basketball or in a pistol requires a lot of attention span, it might have helped that he has an obsessive-compulsive disorder, that even when his body has played all 40 minutes of the game, his concentration is still there.

Body in motion, arms slightly tucked and a good follow through release…every intricate detail is followed.

Moving to the Miami Heat isn’t just a calculated shift to win a championship, it wasn’t even about money. It was essential for him to feel that he is still wanted. Allen is tired of seeing his name in trade talks, he just wanted to play and do what he does best. Miami seems to be a good fit for him. It allows him to move and get his shots more. With Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh is manning the Heat’s offense, Allen can operate freely setting up those deadly threes.

This would be one exciting season for the Heat… and right before every home game; you will see Ray Allen two hours early, practicing his shooting touch. And if you close your eyes “Swish” seems to be the only sound you could hear.

Bruce Lee once said “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times”.

Body in motion, arms slightly tucked and a good follow through release… this is how Ray Allen operates.

Less would always be more.

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