Friday, October 4th, 2013 at 10:45 am  |  19 responses

Lean Ray Allen Down to His University of Connecticut Weight

Shortly after hitting the biggest shot of the 2013 NBA Finals, Ray Allen got right back to work. Allen showed up to the Miami Heat’s training camp in perhaps the best shape of his career. Per the Miami Herald: “A few days after the Finals, Allen began the ‘paleo’ diet, removing all carbohydrates and sugars from his diet. Before he even began his famously rigorous offseason training, Allen had dropped 10 pounds. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wasn’t exaggerating at the beginning of training camp when he said Allen reinvented himself in the offseason. At 38 years old and with 17 years in the league, Allen worked himself down to 197 pounds, which is the lightest he has been since his days starring at the University of Connecticut. ‘The first three or four days, it was a task because I was getting headaches, my body felt like achy, but I just started living on salads and fruit and protein and salmon and chicken and I didn’t have soda, any Gatorade,’ Allen said. ‘I had unsweetened iced tea and water and that’s it.’ The result has been on display this week in a ballroom at a convention center at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort. Spoelstra noted Thursday how fast Allen has been zipping through camp. Many of the Heat’s players dropped weight this offseason, but Allen took the suggestion made by Pat Riley to the extreme. Allen said Thursday that this training camp is ‘night and day for me just knowing the routine. We’re an up-tempo team, and I’m used to that running. Last year it was tough for me because we hadn’t ran as much in training camp the last couple years, so coming back into it and not having to think about the concepts. I can just get into them right away.’ Of course, Allen’s learning curve has been added by his meticulous nature. ‘He’s the most disciplined guy I’ve ever played with,’ said Shane Battier, who also reported to training camp in great shape. ‘Some would say he’s borderline psychotic when it comes to his regimen.’ Said Allen: ‘Obviously, you want to continue to build championship habits, but we don’t win this year because we won last year. You win this year because you start building habits and you build championship habits. You come together as a team and find ways to improve on all your weaknesses.’”

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  • Dfrance

    The ultimate professional. 17 years, numerous accolades and 2 rings in and he’s still trying to improve.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    197 lbs??? sheesh…cutting out the added sugar will do it for you, though…Its the easiest way to cut the lbs…but the hardest thing to do.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s a good start but there are easier ways

  • spit hot fiyah

    paleo diet has nothing to do with eliminating carbs. he even says he ate fruit. do some research

  • The Mauve Avenger

    How much did he weigh at Big State?

  • ChosenOne

    He’s my favorite player of all time.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    book it heat next 2 years will win the title

  • Busta213

    I honestly had no idea Ray “needed” to lose weight. I wonder if this added speed means hes better on his defensive rotations now?

  • dndnd

    The paleo diet doesn’t ban carbs. Eating some fruit, not a lot, is allowed. As well as other nutritious high-carb foods like yams. However, because all grains are banned, you automatically eat far far fewer carbohydrates.


  • spit hot fiyah

    ummm that’s what i said

  • danpowers

    anorexia seems to be a problem in todays nba. players should be banned from all those gay a*s fashion shows lol

  • swill

    hey, how about you take your homophobia and get the hell out of here?

  • Ugh

    That’s true, it is what you said.

  • danpowers

    i dont hve issues with homosexuality. i just like to use that word in wrong but amusing fashion (at least for myself). aint a friend of political correctness when it comes to humor (or lack thereoff)

  • dndnd

    Well my point being, it isn’t exactly true that is has ‘nothing’ to do with eliminating carbs. People following a paleo diet eat much larger quantities of fat and protein than carbs.

  • Basketball_iQ

    Back to the dumb posts I see,,, smmfh

  • Basketball_iQ

    Just less wear and tear on the knees,,,,

  • danpowers

    says the guy who never posted anything intelligent about a basketball related issue… ever

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