Ray decided between UConn
and Kentucky after sneaking into the Hillcrest High School gym for a
late-night jump-shooting session. He felt he would rather help start
a basketball tradition than join one.
At the 1994 Olympic Festival,
Ray broke the scoring record held by Shaquille O'Neal.
Ray finished his career
at UConn third on the Huskies' career scoring list with 1,922 points.
He also set a school single-season record by connecting on 115 3-pointers
During Milwaukee's 2001
playoff series with the Charlotte Hornets, Ray painted his toenails green and
purple for good luck.
Ray scored his 15,000th point in March of 2006. A few weeks later, he moved into second place behind Reggie Miller on the career 3-pointer list.
In 2005–06, Ray broke Dennis Scott’s NBA mark for 3-pointers in a season. He finished the year with 269.
Ray’s total of 54 points for the Seattle SuperSonics on January 12, 2007 was just four shy of the team mark held by Freddie Brown.
Ray played for the East in the 2009 NBA All-Star Game. He was selected as an injury replacement for Jameer Nelson. It marked the second year Ray played in the game next to teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
In 2008–09, Ray hit 72 consecutive free throws. That broke Larry Bird’s team record by one.
Ray reached the 20,000-point plateau during the 2009–10 season.
Ray finished the 2009–10 season second all-time to Reggie Miller in 3-pointers made.
Ray’s eight 3-pointers in the 2010 NBA Finals broke the record shared by Kenny Smith and Scottie Pippen. He also broke Michael Jordan’s record of six 3-pinters in a half.
Ray is the first player ever to have two games in the NBA Finals with seven or more 3-pointers.
Ray’s number was retired by UConn in 2007.
Ray majored in communications and carried an A- average at UConn.
Ray is a 10 handicap golfer.
He also bowls and averages over 150 a game.
In the key scene
Got Game," Ray's character takes on his father (played by Denzel
Washington) in a one-on-one game to determine whether the elder Shuttlesworth
will have to go back to prison. The game was scripted by Spike Lee,
but Ray found to his amusement that his co-star was playing for keeps.
Washington caught Ray by surprise and beat him on a layup, and then started
talking trash. The actor scored five buckets during filming—each
Ray owns an impressive art
collection that includes works by Joan Miro, Andy Warhol and Marc Chagall.
Ray had such a close relationship
with Bucks owner Herb Kohl that he didn't use an agent when negotiating
a $70 million dollar deal in his third NBA season.
of Hope Foundation raises money for in-need and at-risk inner-city children.