In a candid interview with CBS Sports, Ray Allen opened up on a plethora of basketball topics, including Michael Jordan & the GOAT debate.
Allen narrated first how both LeBron James and Erik Spoelstra thank him profusely for the most clutch shot in NBA history. Allen’s 3-pointer against the Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals is totally the stuff of legend. The manner in which his shot turned the series makes it worthy of the aforementioned title.
Ray Allen says LeBron and Coach Spo still call to thank him for hitting his iconic shot in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals
One of the greatest shots in NBA Finals history.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 9, 2021
Allen also spoke at length about how he believes Reggie Miller is the GOAT shooter, not Steph Curry. Allen explained why he holds this belief too – Reggie set the template for more accurate modern shooters.
Ray Allen on LeBron James chasing Michael Jordan
Ray Allen was asked for his thoughts on LeBron chasing the shadow of Chicago, and he had some candid opinions:
“Michael Jordan, he propped up this league, and he allowed it to grow. He had such an impact on [the NBA] and other sports leagues, not only in this country but around the world, where he made it very popular for corporations to bring on athletes as endorsers to grow their product. It didn’t happen before Michael Jordan.”
“In my opinion, M.J. is the GOAT. LeBron is a product of M.J., so a lot of what’s in LeBron — in his DNA — comes from Michael. For anybody that says that LeBron is the GOAT, they’re growing up in today’s era.”
“They believe what they believe based on how it feels and what he means to them, and that’s OK. But the way M.J. affected the game, man, he had a stranglehold on the league and he struck fear in everyone because he was an unstoppable player.”