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Ray Allen explains the importance of losing

Ray Allen

Hall of Fame shooting guard Ray Allen doesn’t waver when it comes to the importance of losing. In an Instagram video, the two-time NBA champion iterated the character-building attribute that losing provides.

“Losing is so important as a kid,” Allen narrated over footage he shared of his sons shooting hoops. “I love to see when they lose because it makes them want to fight harder, it makes them want to try, it makes them want to practice.”

Allen, now 44 years old, retired after the 2013-14 NBA season with the Miami Heat, where he played for two seasons. Married to Shannon Walker Williams, Allen is a father to four children.

The “Jesus Shuttlesworth” baller and occasional actor was selected out of UConn in the preeminent 1996 draft class, taken fifth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves who traded Allen to the Milwaukee Bucks for Stephon Marbury.

Allen would go on to play six-plus seasons for the Bucks before being traded to the Seattle SuperSonics. After four-plus years in Seattle, Allen wound up with the Boston Celtics, forming a prototypical “big three” with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The trio, alongside Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins, won the 2008 NBA championship.

Allen would leave Boston to join the LeBron James-led Miami Heat team for the final two years in his career, helping the team win its second consecutive title in 2013. Allen hit one of the most clutch shots in NBA playoffs history — a 3-pointer off an offensive rebound collected by Chris Bosh in the waning seconds of Game 6 to send the Heat to the pivotal Game 7.

Ray Allen has played in 1,300 regular-season NBA games and logged over 46,000 minutes.