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Significant Person

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Jiaming Pang
Significant Person Essay
12/4/2012
The Value of a Jump Shooter

It is chaos. TD Garden in Boston is a battle field where the 2008 NBA Finals takes place. Ray Allen catches the ball, then jumps straight up, like he is attached to a rocket, and pushs the ball toward the hoop in a smooth motion. Ray Allen, one of the greatest shooters ever in NBA history, has provided record-setting statutics for Milwaukee, Seattle, and Boston in his sixteen years as a professional basketball career. This jump shooter taught me the lessons of persistence, balance, and hardwork. Before I became aware of Ray Allen, I often thought about giving up and surrendering to difficulties I would meet on American soil. I clearly remember I had to spend four hours just for finishing home work; I was exhausted and wanted to quit. Ray Allen was born into a military family that stressed persistence. His parents told Allen he had to fight until the last minute; this built a stubborn personality Allen. Now, when I get discouraged, I think of Ray Allen and I persisted even though I still got low grades in my first two months in American high school. Finally, my persistence became A’s and B’s. Allen’s persistent personality inspired me never togive up; it is the key to overcomeing any kind of obstacle in order to reach any goal. I read an article about Ray Allen which stressed to me the importance of balance. Because of the massive amount of time I had to put in for school work in the first month in the united States, it made it nearly impossible for me to participate in activities after school. The article was about how Allen’s mother told him that he had special talent for basketball— and just don’t waste it. However, exercising his brain was just as important as basketball. Allen grew up just as comfortable and confident with a book in his hands as he was with a basketball. Trying out for sports became my motivation, and soon, I became a rugby player and a basketball...