Basketball Hall of Fame Ray Allen played one season with Dell Curry in Milwaukee. It was a shorter season at the time.
But that split year with Carrie made a huge impression on Allen
And it had a role in changing the sport of basketball as we know it.
Dell’s son, Steph Curry – two-time MVP and three-time NBA champion – is just 34 three-pointers away from breaking Allen’s all-time record with three-pointers made in his career.
As Allen’s tenure at the top of the record book draws to a close, remember that one season in Milwaukee and the lessons it imparted to him, and possibly Steve Curry as well.
“It just seems fitting that this is the way Steve is going,” Allen said Wednesday in a video conference with Bay Area Media. “He’s really running on his own track…it’s easy to party.”
That seems fitting for Allen, because he doesn’t see himself as a 3-point shooter. Not when he entered the league, anyway.
It wasn’t until his season with Dell Curry that things started to change.
Allen, who was a 23-year-old in his third year with the Bucks, believed what he was told up until that point—the 3-point shooting was seen as soft. His first coaches prevented him from taking 3 throws.
But del Cary undermined those arguments.
“For me, Dell was the best shooting game I’ve ever seen. As a young player, [I didn’t know] How to guard him because he can shoot the ball. I thought he wouldn’t dare shoot it. [But] He did that most of the time.”
Allen’s eyes opened.
As did Curry he brought his sons – Steve and Seth, at the time aged 10 and 8 respectively – to shoot before the Bucks games.
“They’ll keep on their own,” Allen said. “We were going through drills and they would be there with us… They were shooting and falling. It didn’t seem out of place to them.”
“He’s always reminded me that when I have kids, I make sure to let them see what I’m doing — don’t stop them.”
“What they will see is what they will be,” Allen said.
How can you communicate with that?
Steph Curry saw, firsthand, that his dad leads the NBA in a 3-point shooting percentage that season in Milwaukee. It also witnessed Allen develop into one of the first places he could rise and shoot from behind the line away from dribbling, a skill set that ultimately made him the most productive 3-point shooter in the game’s history.
Thinking Steph Curry would be a household name – the soon-to-be record holder for triple bowlers – wasn’t he along on his dad’s wild ride?
What Carrie saw is what he became.
And taking it to a new level.
“He set the bar,” Allen said of Steve Curry. “A different bar.”
The next generation, watching #30, will take it to another level. We already see that in Curry’s thirteenth season of the NBA.
“The game has changed over the years,” Allen said. Steve has a lot to do [that]. ”
In all, Allen played 1,300 regular season games in his NBA career. Defeated 2,973 three-pointers.
Steve Curry, who is averaging 5.4 three-pointers per game this season, should hit that point long before his 780th regular season career.
There is no jealousy or enmity from Allen before his relationship with the number two on the Three Pointers list at all. At least nothing happened until Wednesday, although the media had received the requested “What happened to the low-level match?” Talking point of the 46 year old now lives in Florida.
There was no talk of “Have you played in my day” or “Have you played in this age”.
No, for Allen, having Curry beat him to the record books is a “celebration” of the game and a constant reminder to make a positive impact on the next generation.
“I’m just proud and happy that he’s done a job… continually pushing the narrative of what great basketball looks like,” Allen said. “I’m just celebrating what kids can do – what guys can do – right now.”
So where does Allen see the differences between himself and Curry – outside of the three-pointers tried in each game?
Surprisingly, it is not a shot. And they don’t shoot off screens either.
“[He] It can be disposed of quickly. “I can get rid of it quickly,” Allen said. “I’ve been through these situations a lot…you know the work that’s being done.”
No, for Allen, it’s Carrie’s evasiveness and worthy manners that separates him from the pack. Carrie is not only a brilliant shooter, but he can get to anywhere on Earth he wants in a way Allen could never have imagined.
It makes him a huge threat everywhere,” Allen said. “And that’s the one thing I tell the kids all the time: Work on dribbling… I also want the kids to know what he shoots, how he shoots, how he plays – he works on this every day. It’s not something he just takes out and shoots the ball in the air.
“It’s a great example for young people to work in their craft,” Allen said.
And while Allen has admitted he’d love to be at Carrey’s record-breaking game – wherever that is – it’s unlikely he will be. He has a struggle.
Allen coaches his son’s basketball team at a suburban Miami high school these days. He might not be doing any drills where the team shoots three-pointers, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t hold Curry as an example of how to play the game the right way.