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May 15, 2007 at 8:27 AM

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So glad reigning league MVP Lisa Leslie’s quick appearance on “The Game” Monday night was early enough for me to see her passing remark about hair weaves then flip back to the real game.
And speaking of the NBA playoffs, you’ve probably seen Ray Allen’s promotional spot for the WNBA by now. The Sonics sharpshooter stars with his eldest child, Tierra, who’s a budding 14-year-old hoops player, now attending an all-girls private school on the Eastside.
“She’s good at volleyball, too,” Allen told me.
As for filming the spot, Tierra isn’t as versed in acting as her father, who played the role of Jesus Suttlesworth in the 1998 flick “He Got Game.” She took a minute to calm the jitters, but there weren’t any behind-the-scenes bloopers. The crew rented the home featured and Allen spoke from the heart. His agent pitched Allen for the promo and the WNBA also coaxed Detroit guard Chauncey Billups for a spot with his two young daughters.
Allen, a seven-time All-Star, has attended a few Storm games with Tierra, who relocated from South Carolina to live with Dad and two younger brothers last winter. The guard had surgery on both ankles in April, making him wheelchair bound for a few weeks, so the Issaquah-based family may not be at KeyArena this summer.
But Allen, 31, hopes his daughter makes it to the league someday.
“As a father, you love it when your daughter decides to play basketball, too,” he said.

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