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Ray Allen NBA Interview

By JEFF LENCHINER                   July 11, 2001
InsideHoops.com editor

Ray Allen has a great jump shot. It's pretty to watch, and it usually splashes the net. We caught up with Ray at the very end of the 1999-2000 NBA regular season, and since everyone else was talking about the playoffs, we thought we'd get something unique. Check this brief but cool (and exclusive) interview with Ray Allen on shooting the basketball.
 

Jeff Lenchiner: You've got one of the sweetest jumpers in the league. Regarding technique, were there certain players on tv or around your area that you imitated?

Ray Allen: No, I just worked on keeping my elbow in, and releasing at the top of my jump, and the only thing I was really taught was to be consistent every time I shot.

Jeff Lenchiner: To be consistent how, jumping the same way, landing the same way...

Ray Allen: Yup. Keeping parallel when you shoot, keeping your legs spread, just trying to get my leg in the shot always.

Jeff Lenchiner: Besides what you just said, if you were to give young players a bit of advice on improving their shot, what would it be?

Ray Allen: You have to work on shooting shots that you're going to shoot in the game. You have to do it over and over again, you gotta do it before you play, you gotta do it after you play, you gotta do it when you're tired, because you're going to be tired in the game when you take those shots, and you gotta be ready to make them.
 

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