Ray Allen loves to practice
This weekend is the traditional Spalding HoopHall Classic in Springfield, as one of the biggest meets of the season for prep school and high school takes place in the Hall of Fame’s den. Every year there are top high schools and academies like Oak Hill and Montverde, but Friday night all eyes were on Gulliver Prep in Pinecrest, Florida. There are some teenagers on the bench of this team Ray Allenone of the greatest shooters in history, an NBA champion with the Celtics and the Heat.
If Ray Allen has agreed to coach this team, it is because his children are studying at this college and he has coached his son Ray III since last season. Their team suffered a tough loss to Notre Dame High (West Haven) on Friday night, but the experience will stay with each junior.
“These lands are very sacred to me” said Ray Allen, who attended UConn within 45 kilometers of the Hall of Fame. “When you pass through Springfield, Hartford, you get the impression of seeing spirits. (…) We practiced on Thursday night and I said to the guys: “You don’t understand the legs of the legends who walked in this building (Hall of Fame), the people you admire, who learned the game from people. Those who don’t know influence you in the basketball world. To be in the Hall of Fame, to go there and have that experience is the experience of a lifetime and I’m blessed to be able to share it with them. »
Low-key coach Ray Allen credits his former coaches for making the transition: “I think about Coach (Jim) Calhoun, Doc Rivers, Erik Spoelstra, George Karl, Bob Weiss and Bob Hill. Jeff Lynch, my high school coach. All the coaches who trained me…”
While one day he declares that he will never be a coach and prefers to see himself as a leader, Ray Allen learns the job and likes it.
“Coaching is about trying to put yourself in these kids’ shoes and letting them understand what I want for them.” he continues. “You have to be patient. I don’t want them to play like me. I want them to learn to prepare. Once they begin to understand this, everything they want falls into place. I almost love the challenges of defeats more than victories. »
Patience seems to be the motto of this first experience as a coach and even an educator.
” I learn something every day. I’m learning to develop more patience, I’m learning that when these kids come to the gym, they face so many challenges, it’s much more than I did at that time. Ray Allen said. “I want them to have something other than basketball in their lives, understand how to channel that in the classroom, social media, girlfriends, family, social life in general… go to battle in basketball and on the court. »
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