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Mike Anthony: Ray Allen's Greatness The Product Of An Obsession

Mike Anthony: Ray Allen's Greatness The Product Of An Obsession

Jim Calhoun challenged Ray Allen just once when it came to approach. It was after a practice in late 1993 when Allen, then a UConn freshman, was making his way off campus and toward a movie theater or something with teammates when Calhoun offered some parting words.

“I said, ‘Hey, Ray, you leaving?’” Calhoun recalls. “’Question: Did you shoot 100 percent today? No? Oh, I thought you wanted to be great.’ And he kind of just looked at me. I remember it so vividly.”

Calhoun made a Hall of Fame living by challenging players in a variety of ways over 40 years as a coach, 26 at UConn, and surely he continued to push Allen through three seasons — so much so that Allen calls playing...

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