If you were Ray Allen, wouldn’t you want to talk about the biggest shot of your career?
Allen hit a step-back three with 5.2 seconds left that tied Game 6 of the NBA Finals and saved the Miami Heat’s title chances. Miami had looked dead in the water seconds before but Chris Bosh got the offensive rebound off a LeBron James miss, passed it out to Allen and he drained a corner three that was pretty much a layup for him all season. You know the rest, Miami won Game 6 in overtime then Game 7 to get another ring.
Allen told Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press that was the only thing people wanted to talk to him about this summer.
“It doesn’t matter where I went, where I’ve gone, what city or state I was in, it’s all people could talk about,” Allen said. “I always have to let people know that in that situation, being a part of a team, I was part of the reason. Everybody kept telling me I was the reason. We had 15 parts of the reason. You look back on the season and somebody always did something to help our team win a game. That’s what being a great teammate is all about.”
Allen, ever the good teammate.
Allen went on to say he didn’t mind talking about it so much because the alternative — the conversation he has to have if he misses — would have been much harder.
But it wasn’t just him, Shane Battier said The Shot (not his six three pointers in Game 7) was all he as asked about.
“It was pretty awesome,” Battier said. “Hey, it’s all I wanted to talk about, too.”
It was the iconic play of last season, and will be one of the iconic Heat moments of this era for the team (however long this “big three” era lasts). We want drama in our sports and that was about as dramatic a moment as basketball can give you.
Ray Allen is going to be talking about that shot for a long time.