After 16 seasons, 42,150 minutes played and year after year of repetition and routine, Ray Allen is switching things up a bit.
Starting with his feet.
CSNNE's Jessica Camerato reports that Allen's latest move to give himself an edge involves giving his feet some extra wiggle room. After entering the league with that wonderful class of '96 wearing size 13 shoes, Allen is now up to a size 15 and he's crediting the larger shoes with allowing blood to flow down to his ankles, alleviating pressure in his feet.
For someone who has logged as many minutes as the 36-year-old Allen, these things are crucial.
“My feet were always hurting,” he told CSNNE.com. “I was at shootaround in Detroit two years ago, I was running through it, and when I got back to the bus, it was just like the shoes, my orthotics – I called over to Nike and said, ‘The next shoe allotment, send it to me in 15s.’ I’ve been a 15 ever since."
An enviable collection of Jordans available in whatever size he would like, whenever he would like, the prettiest jump shot in the league, more three-pointers made than anyone else in NBA history and he's shooting a career-high 45.9 percent from beyond the arc this season.
With Allen, it's hardly all about the shoes, but if he feels the 15's are making a difference, then who are we to disagree?
Now might be the time to send this memo to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.