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Whatever your feelings are about Ray Allen, one thing is undeniable - he got game.

Before Jesus Shuttlesworth, and well before Judas Shuttlesworth became part of our common parlance, the former University of Connecticut standout who helped hang Banner 17 was a lanky army brat from Dalzell, South Carolina (if army brats are "from" anywhere).

That man has been bringing joy to the hearts of New England basketball fans ever since, even if the descent from his loftiest heights on-court in that region was, shall we say, not so joyful. I'm glad he's getting the recognition he truly deserves as one of the greatest shooters to ever play the game.


While in recent months, the mention of certain issues may have reached a level of saturation that not even Ray's most stalwart supporters could broach without a qualifying statement, I like to think that when it comes to basketball's Olympus, Valhalla, and San Junipero all rolled into one, the pettiness that rules the land of mortal ballers becomes inconsequential in the context of the Hall, if nowhere else.

For a day, at least, that was the case for Allen, honored across the pantheon of his former peers and idols.






Watch the videos above to catch some interviews on today's induction as well as Allen's recent "60 Days of Summer" interview, as well as a pair of NBA-made tribute videos on Ray's best during his time in that league.



Thank you, Ray - and congratulations; you earned this.

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Image: Brian Babineau/NBAE ; video: ESPN, MassLive, YouTube
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Justin Quinn 9/06/2018 07:27:00 PM Edit
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