If there’s one thing Rashard Lewis is forever grateful for as far as his NBA career goes, that would be the time he played alongside NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen. Some may think it’s because Allen helped Lewis earn an NBA championship in 2013, thanks to Ray-Ray’s historic corner three-pointer in Game 6. But according to the man himself, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Mentored by Ray Allen
Before becoming one of the most notable role players in the Finals, with the Orlando Magic in 2009 and the Heat in 2013, Rashard spent his first nine seasons in the league with the Seattle Supersonics. When Allen arrived in Seattle in 2003, Lewis was at the peak of his career, averaging 18 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. But unlike other NBA duos, Allen and Lewis’ co-existence in Seattle was harmonious for the better part.
For Lewis, the lessons Allen taught him served as his launch pad to becoming an All-Star and even prolonged his career to 17 years.
“I think that is why I was able to have a 17-year career, make two All-Star games, and not only that playing in the Finals couple times because guys like Ray Allen… He thought me how to work during the summers and to get there before practice. Staying after practice even get to the games early to mentally compare yourself,” Lewis said via Landonbuford.com.
Ray-Ray’s discipline was incredible
Nowadays, we often see a slew of players boast about their hard work on social media. Others changed their diet, while some even take workout supplements to reach their so-called “beast mode.” But based on how Lewis described Allen’s style, it was a combination of all the above.
To this day, Lewis still acknowledges that, and he feels fortunate to have been infused by Allen’s incredible discipline on and off the court.
“He told me 'Whatever you put in your body is what you are going to get out there on the court,'” Lewis revealed. “So, there is a lot of things off the court that helped me on the court and become an All-Star watching that guy workout.”
Having heard guys like Lewis reveal more of how Ray-Ray does his thing behind the camera is another testament to his amazing dedication to the game.