While the NBA world lit fire to the kerosene-drenched news of Kyrie Irving‘s trade request to the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ front office, a disappointed LeBron James (who has known about this for over a week now) chose to instead tweet a throwback slam dunk reel of his friend and former teammate Ray Allen.
While he is known as the all-time three-point king and one of the swiftest jump shots the league has ever witnessed, Allen was an athletic freak coming out of UConn, dazzling with his off-the-dribble ventures and taking no prisoners when it came time to take it to the rack.
Take a look.
A MONSTER!!!!!! Jesus Shuttlesworth at his finest. Young boys recognize https://t.co/JdXdiuyi7S
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 21, 2017
Some people say Ray Allen was just a shooter… pic.twitter.com/O9lO60d4ST
— HoopMixtape (@HoopMixOnly) July 20, 2017
Allen participated in the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest given his fair share of in-game dunks, but ended up being a first-round out, finishing in fourth place and missing the cut by only two points against eventual winner Kobe Bryant.
James made sure the Twitter world puts some respeck in his name during Allen’s 42nd birthday, and what better way to block out the outside noise than some thunderous dunks from the past?