In life, there are moments that you learn from and use as motivation to make yourself a better person.
For Miami Heat guard Ray Allen, it was a diss by the basketball magazine “SLAM” during his rookie season that he used as motivation for his Hall-Of-Fame NBA career:
“I’ve had one gripe my whole career about SLAM and I still keep it ‘til this day. It’s probably one of my sole motivators on a daily basis and I don’t know if I ever told anybody this. When that article came out with all of us on the cover [of SLAM 15], it had the (predicted) accolades on the inside. It said most likely to win MVP, most likely to do this. One of them said most likely to fade into obscurity…..and it was me. I was 21 and I knew what obscurity meant, but I had to look it up because I needed to make sure. It pissed me off because I felt I was going to leave my mark on this league. Whoever wrote that pissed me off and it gave me motivation my whole career. I was like I want to be somebody who I’m going to leave my lasting mark on this league. As much as it pissed me off, it was a good thing because it always made me remember that there were people who thought I wasn’t going to be good. So that was motivation.
To note, other notable members of Ray Allen’s draft class included Todd Fuller, Samaki Walker, and Vitaly Potapenko. So, I guess that person who thought that Ray would be the one to fade into obscurity is out of a job by now.
Ray Allen uses Slam Magazine diss as motivation [The Basketball Jones]
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