We all know that Ron Artest(notes) is wacky, and that Michael Beasley(notes) is, to use a Kelly Dwyer term, a right nutter. Those are givens. But one of the most unsung oddities in the league is Ray Allen(notes). For years he's been the silent, stoic, piano-playing good guy of the NBA.
Things have changed lately. Don't worry — he's still super nice, plays the piano, and is a model citizen. There's the obsessive-compulsive pregame routine, which is a little strange. And of course, there's his face paint escapades. Ray Allen's a weird dude and we didn't know it.
Apparently it doesn't stop when he goes to sleep.
"I always, I have this thing in my mind like sometimes when I'm sleeping I dream that I can fly," he said. "When I'm playing basketball, it always tells myself that I've still got great legs, like I still have that lift in my legs. So when I get on the floor, you see a play, you see something happen, you just feel like you can take it, you can make a certain play happened based on getting up there to the basket."
Allen doesn't have wings in his dream. He isn't a high-flying hero like Superman or Iron Man either. Instead he imagines things like soaring over an oncoming car or running with his friends in the air. It can even be as simple as making it home from a park in a single jump.
The dream has a deeper meaning for the 34-year-old than just being able to take flight. To him, it exemplifies the work ethic that he has committed himself to over his 14-year career.
"I've been having that for a long time," Allen explained. "That's why when I always wake up, it's like a great feeling. You wake up and you just know, for me what I do, I get out on the floor and I just feel like I still have that. For me, it translates into my athleticism."
Cool dreams, Ray Allen. R. Kelly had the same thing going on, so you're in good company.
I'm not really too sure of what to say. I mean, when an NBA player thinks their dreams about jumping over cars leads to more athleticism in a game, who am I to argue? I haven't played enough minutes to really refute that scientifically or anecdotally.
- Ray Allen