If it weren’t for Ray Allen’s corner jump shot two seasons ago–a dagger in the heart of the Spurs in the finals–everything in basketball would be different right now. That single shot allowed Miami to get by the Spurs in a rollicking 7-game series and give LeBron James his second championship. If Allen misses it, James has only one championship today and probably stays in Miami to try for another. No Cleveland return, no love story with his old Ohio home.
Allen has now told people that he wants to relive that moment with another contender, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard. All fingers point to James and Cleveland as his likely destination. James knows very well that his new teammate Kevin Love can throw Allen the same pass in the clutch that his old teammate Chris Bosch threw him (see below.) Wherever he ends up it’s a good thing he’s sticking around another year, because once Allen retires no player will ever shoot quite like him again. And if Ray Allen does manage to win another title, he’ll join Robert Horry and John Salley as the only players in history to win championships with three different teams.