Former Boston Celtics Teammate Salutes NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen for His Smooth Strokes

Published 09/14/2020, 7:06 AM EDT


The year 2007 was a historic one for the Boston Celtics. The franchise acquired Ray Allen, one of the greatest shooters of all time. They also managed to lure stellar power forward, Kevin Garnett to their side. Even though one could say that these two were all the Celtics needed to soar to greater heights, what they also wanted was an extraordinary bench to support. This is when James Posey came into the picture. He was the one critical ingredient they required who eventually helped them become the 2008 NBA Champions.

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Hall of Famer and former teammate Ray Allen made an appearance in James Posey’s recent podcast. The reunion was such that the two couldn’t stop raving about one another.

The Boston Celtics bench hypes up his star player

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In the podcast, Ray Allen discussed his career as a Hall of Famer, his teammates in Miami Heat versus the ones in Celtics, and much more. However, it was quite obvious that Posey and Allen were bound to hype each other up. They also reminisced about the support they had received from one another.

Posey complimented Allen and stated, “My stroke ain’t as nice as yours and just so smooth that’s the crazy thing about it. Like when you missed, it was like Nah man something is wrong with the basket because I knew he was a good shooter but to see you in Boston and practice and then just game up close all the time. Like if you miss, yeah there’s something wrong with that basket. You need to check that out but you had a smooth jump shot, man!”

Ray Allen felt like Posey was his support system

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Ray Allen returned the favor and asked Posey not to underestimate himself. He narrated, “I remember the first time when I came to the gym early in the year, you were out there shooting and I was impressed because what I saw in you was is what I knew was in myself. You were shooting and you were shooting your game shots and you were consistent in your work and that was was you every single day.” He said that seeing Josey had brought him relief and claimed, “That was the thing that told me that we were going to be okay… I knew we can count on you down the stretch.”

This shows the kind of respect the players hold for each other and the pedestal they put one another on. Understanding what your team and teammates are all about, that’s what differentiates a great team from a good one.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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