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Jarrett Allen is meeting the NBA’s best at the rim — and winning

Jarrett Allen is meeting the NBA’s best at the rim — and winning

wants to wind down after a game, he usually slips out of Barclays Center and makes the 30-minute walk to his Brooklyn home.

But with his 6-foot-11 frame and signature Afro, the Brooklyn Nets’ second-year center is easy to identify. So what Allen calls his “me time” is sometimes interrupted by patrons in bars and restaurants along the route.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“You can hear them yelling, ‘Oh, that’s Jarrett Allen!'” he says with a grin. “But you just keep walking and ignore it.”

This season, one viral moment made it clear that his “me time” during those walks home from the arena would be harder and harder to come by.

“When I blocked LeBron,” Allen says, “that’s when [everything] blew up.”2

Allen’s defense at the rim this season — against LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden and anyone else who has challenged him — is one of many reasons why people around the NBA are taking notice of Brooklyn’s resurgence.

After averaging 23 wins over the past three years, the Nets — led by Allen, young guards D’Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and a strong supporting cast — enter Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Maybe Allen adds to his list of rejected All-Stars with a block of Russell Westbrook or Paul George. Or maybe he gets dunked on. He’s OK with either; Allen isn’t afraid of ending up on YouTube for a block attempt gone wrong.

“Either way, you’re going to be on the highlight [when you try to block a dunk],” Allen says. “If you go up and block it, you’ll be on the highlight. If you go up and get dunked on, you’ll be on the highlight. Just go up and protect the rim.”