Basketball fans are atwitter about Ray Allen today, and rightly so. The Celtics guard is almost guaranteed to take the all-time three-point record away from Reggie Miller tonight in the midst of the game's greatest rivalry -- Celtics-Lakers. The rest of the world of sports might as well shut down tonight; the TD Garden is the place to be.
But come on world, can't Reggie get some love today? The guy's about to say bye bye to a 2,560 three-point record that embodied his 18 years in the NBA. He was the three-point man for a generation, and now the retired Pacer is handing over the crown to Allen, a guy nearing the end of his career but with enough room left in his Celtics contract to keep adding treys, leaving Miller in the dust.
And Reggie is taking it all in and rolling out the class. On Twitter, Miller has been shouting out his love for Allen all week:
For all my followers and Ray Allen's followers, I can't wait to be in the building Thurs evening, Lakers vs C's, as history is made.
In the house to see history being made, should be a great atmosphere! Go Ray Go!!! #rayreggie3pointking
Set to call the game in Boston for TNT tonight, Miller is actually hoping Allen will make the six three-pointers to catapult him from 2,555 to 2,651 and the record books. Maybe it's all a front. Maybe his cameos in movies like Forget Paris and TV shows like Hangin' With Mr. Cooper made him a better actor than basketball player.
I don't think so. I think Miller remains one of the most positive forces in the NBA today, and not just because I hold a special place in my heart for a star who works with children's literacy programs (he's a national spokesman for Reading Is Fundamental). He's a genuine guy. A guy who once used the three-pointers that are his legacy to raise money for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, donating $1,000 for every shot he made in a season (for a total of more than $200,000). A guy whose record has him on the short list for the Hall of Fame this year. This is a record he truly cares about, but he cares about the game even more.
And as much as I love Ray Allen (go Celtics!), I'm going to be keeping my eyes on Reggie tonight. What about you?
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