Ray Allen credits playing golf for NBA career

Potential Basketball Hall of Famer Ray Allen put together one heck of a career thanks to … golf?

In a clip that will air on the upcoming episode of the Golf Channel’s Feherty (airing Monday at 9 p.m. ET), Allen tells David Feherty he remembered being 25 years old and standing on a course with a wedge in his hand and not knowing where his golf ball would go. And that moment motivated him to work harder in hoops:

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“Then I thought for a second, this is kind of how I am on the basketball court. So what golf helped me do with basketball is start to say I need to work on every single thing that I do. Because I would go to the range then, hit my driver and say ‘I’m ready to go play.’

“So then I started breaking the game down, and it helped me start breaking my basketball game down, because I started working on the left side, working on the right side, working from behind the basket, but more importantly, making a free throw was like making a putt.”

The episode also features Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester speaking about his love of the links.


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