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.

Patriots show support for Brady just before start of the draft


Patriots show support for Brady just before start of the draft

The Patriots haven't made any kind of statement about Tom Brady's four-game suspension since the Second Circuit ruled to have it reinstated earlier this week. They did make a statement showing support for their quarterback just before the start draft, though. 

In the moments leading up to commissioner Roger Goodell's announcement that the Rams were "on the clock" with the first pick of the first round, the Patriots posted an image of Brady's jersey to their Instagram account. 

The image is the same one that the Patriots have used as their profile photo on Twitter for much of the duration of the Deflategate saga. The team has no first-round pick (No. 29) as a result of the punishment issued by the league due to Deflategate. The team was also docked a fourth-round pick in 2017 and $1 million for the alleged ball-deflation scheme. 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio have the ability to trade into the first round, but if they do, they will make their selection with the lower of their two first-rounders. Therefore they cannot make a selection before pick No. 29. 

Perry: Can finally put a face to Patriots draft punishment


Perry: Can finally put a face to Patriots draft punishment

Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran discuss the New England Patriots losing their first-round pick, and how they can finally put a face to the punishment and see which player they could've drafted.