Allen's health maintained by changes in footwear


Allen's health maintained by changes in footwear

Ray Allen is a creature of discipline and routine. So when he changes something he has been doing for years, he doesnt do it without looking for an improvement. Even down to his shoes.

Allen entered the NBA in 1996 wearing a size 13 sneaker. As time went on, he went up to a 14. Just two years ago, he made another jump that has helped his performance and his health.

My feet were always hurting, he told 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. Ive been a 15 ever since.

Allen battled a series of ankle injuries, including double ankle surgery prior to be traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007, making his choices in footwear an important decision. In January he missed three games with a jammed left ankle.

Down in my ankles, I need that blood to flow, he explained. Sometimes if the shoes too tight, you just feel pressure on your feet.

Allen, 36, is currently in his 16th season and isnt slowing down. Last year he became the leagues all-time leading three-point shooter. This season he is shooting a career-high 45.9 percent from long range, significantly greater than his career average of 40.0 percent.

He is doing so more comfortably in his size 15 Nikes and a pair of orthotics.

It just doesnt restrict my feet as much, he said. My feet can breathe.

Ainge: Groin injury will 'probably' keep Thomas from playing Friday

Ainge: Groin injury will 'probably' keep Thomas from playing Friday

There’s still no concrete answer on how long Isaiah Thomas’ right groin injury will keep him sidelined, but the 5-foot-9 guard probably will not play against Toronto on Friday.
Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, addressed Thomas’ availability on 98.5 the Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich show Thursday morning.
“It’s day to day,” said Ainge, who added that Thomas had an injection into his thigh muscle. “He is a warrior; he loves to play. He’ll be back faster than most players would be back after an injury. At the same time, we have to be really careful with Isaiah over the long haul and make sure he doesn’t come back and injure it.”
Thomas did not play in Boston’s 117-87 win at Orlando on Wednesday night, his first missed game since the 2014-15 season.
He is ranked among the NBA’s top-10 scorers with a career-high 26.0 points-per-game average, in addition to leading the Celtics in assists (6.2) per game.
Thomas has been effective while playing through an assortment of injuries during his time with Boston. But a groin injury isn't something that can just be played through,  which is why the Celtics are wisely shutting him down now.
“We’ll try and get him as much rest as we can and get him back on the court when he’s ready,” Ainge said.