Ray Allen says hitting free shots is the key
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Oct 04, 2013
Spending a little more time shooting around and working on your shot, may just be the remedy needed in the final minutes of a game, especially when fatigue sets in.
The all-time leader in both three-point field goals made and attempted in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Ray Allen, believes that younger players tend to stray away from conditioning and working on their shot. He said the difference between winning and losing a game is hitting free-throws when it counts, and probably not the many turnovers or that last second shot that you may have missed.
“Most people talk about a shot, but what was probably one of my most proudest moments was at the end of game six when I hit two free throws that we needed to win the game,” said Allen. “Those are the situations that you have to pay more attention to. They are the small things about the game. We lose games by two or three points and end up
missing 10 or 12 free throws and you blame the last second shot or turnovers, but you never looked at free throws you missed.
“Every shooting routine I go through, I go to the free throw line. I start shooting free throws and I end shooting free throws. That is how you work on your release. Young players don’t work on free throws as much as they need to work on them. For shooting shots, you must be in great condition. Your legs have to be underneath you because in basketball, you can’t be an average condition player if you want to make it and you want to be good.”
Allen is one of the most accurate three-point and free throw shooters in the NBA. He has attempted more than 7,000 three-point shots and over 4,000 free throws in his NBA career. A former fifth overall pick, Allen has won two NBA titles, one with the Miami Heat and the other with the Boston Celtics. He has played in 10 NBA All-star games.
Allen is the all-time leader in three-point field goals made and attempted in the regular season in the NBA, and the NBA’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made in the postseason.