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By 08.07.12
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Ray Allen


Rajon Rondo might not be willing to give Jesus Shuttlesworth any compliments, but his new backcourt mate, and the guy who replaced Ray Allen is. When he first arrived in New England, Avery Bradley‘s jump shot felt like a knuckleball. Before long, he was starting to hit a shot here and there, and then by the time he took over the starting gig for good in March of this year, the dude was no longer shying away from jumpers. In fact, in April, he shot 55 percent from deep. He can thank Jesus for that. Every day, Allen would help him out, give him pointers, tell him how to be more consistent. After a while, almost by osmosis, Bradley started to develop the same type of shooting habits as Allen: arriving early, leaving late, working like a maniac until everything was perfect. The biggest thing that was stressed was to always shoot the same exact shot no matter where you were on the court, which you’d think would be one of the first things a player might learn. You’d be surprised. Bradley isn’t the only one who grew up shooting set shots instead of jump shots … It doesn’t get much better than having the chance to play ball with President Obama and Michael Jordan, and according to a release from the Obama campaign, if you have $3 to spare, you’ll have your chance. Donate to Obama’s campaign and you’ll be put in a pool and have the chance to meet and shoot hoops with not only those two legends, but also Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving, and Alonzo MourningJalen Rose, another old timer, was in the news yesterday after calling out reporters for being lazy and nicknaming the Gold Medal-winning U.S. gymnasts as the “Fab Five.” We responded by putting together five of the worst NBA nicknames of all time … Rony Seikaly, the former NBA player turned bootleg Benny Benassi, recently released another hit single. It’s called “MILF.” Watching the maturation of the former NBA center as he went from being a decent player with greasy hair to a guys who spins records about hot moms in techno clubs is probably one of the most awkward transformations we’ve ever seen out of an NBA player. Seikaly and Stephen Jackson should start touring together … And a couple of new hires in the NBA: the Jazz officially announced Dennis Lindsey as their new GM … And the Blazers finally have a coach: former Atlanta and Milwaukee head coach Terry Stotts … Also, Ghostface Pryzbilla has agreed to sign on in Milwaukee, which suddenly doesn’t have enough chairs on the bench to seat all of their mediocre big men … We’re out like songs called Milf.

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TOPICS#BOSTON CELTICS#DWIGHT HOWARD#KOBE BRYANT
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