As a Ray Allen groupie fan and owner of an NBA League Pass on my TV, I enjoy tuning into a Boston Celtics game and watching the scrappy team kick some butt. With the exception of the foul-mouthed KG, I’ve turned in a Celts fan. You see, Ray Allen spent some impressionable years on the Seattle Sonics (RIP), and I’ve only loved his shot. Add Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Glen “Big Baby” Davis in the mix and that’s a lovable team.
Last Thursday night, Ray was especially on fire against the Miami Heat. He drained seven straight threes and finished the night 7 for 9. Yeah, Ray is 35 and has the best shot in the league! Respect! But even still, he was throwing up quite the performance. And the pregame routine that Ray follows neurotically? It’s golf.
On Tuesday, Ray Allen golfed near Dallas. On Wednesday, he hit the links here…Rivers more than encourages the outings.
“Two years ago when he was struggling (in the Finals), I took him out to Bel Air,” said Rivers. “He can golf every day if he plays like that – as long as he takes a cart and doesn’t walk the course.”
Three days ago, Allen said in the Herald, “You couldn’t imagine the solace that it gives me.”
His mom, Flo, supported the claim, saying late last night, “I saw Ray earlier and he was so relaxed. Somebody’s got to put some heaters up on a golf course back in Boston.”
“It is relaxing,” said her son. “You’ve got so many things going on, it’s great to take your mind off things.”
Here’s every non-golfer’s cue to make a dumb joke about Ray being old, like his teammates. So, naturally, they’re taking a liking to old people sports, like golf. Well, if Allen continues to shoot 78% from the three-point line than perhaps the Celtics should consider installing heaters at a Boston course.
Oh, Ray isn’t a hack on the links, either. He’s a scratch player. And I sure would love to the links with him some day. Seriously, but I might swoon on the first tee.