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Ray Allen’s right elbow hasn’t moved in 15 years

If there’s one thing that I’ll remember from more than a decade of summer basketball camps growing up it’s BEEF.

If you’ve ever played organized hoops, you know exactly what that stands for (no, it’s not what’s for dinner — although it could be).

Balance. Eyes. Elbow. Follow-through.

Countless NBA sharpshooters have spent years mastering their craft with the help of that simple mantra. But none are as prolific as Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen — the league’s all-time leading three-point shooter with 2,612 makes to date.

What’s his secret? In 15 NBA seasons, the guy doesn’t appear to have altered his short form once. Got ‘Em Coach has this handy-dandy .gif evidence, which proves no matter how many times Allen changes teams or cities, the guy’s right elbow never — ever — moves.

So for all you kids out there jacking treys from NBA range at rec. league practice, remember, the secret to becoming the NBA’s all-time leading three-point shooter is in the BEEF.

(H/T Deadspin)

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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