By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Jul 08, 2012 at 3:05 PM

We are always looking to professional athletes to be role models for our children, and now we have one of the best ever.

Ray Allen might have been the best pure shooter the Milwaukee Bucks ever had, (sorry Jon McGlocklin). But we traded him and he took his fantastic skills to Seattle and then to Boston, where he won a title.

Then he signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat for almost exactly half the money he was offered by the Celtics. Of course when you are talking about the difference between $6 million and $3 million the comparison loses some of its drama.

But it's clear that Allen isn't playing for the money. He wants to win a title and has decided he has a better chance of that with the Heat, who won the title this year, than with the Celtics, who are aging a bit and probably out of the title conservation.

We should all tell our children about an athlete to whom it's more important to win than it is to be a star, and then we can sleep knowing we have helped teach them a valuable lesson.

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.

This whole Internet thing continues to baffle him, but he's willing to play the game as long as keeps lending him a helping hand. He is constantly amazed that just a few dedicated people can provide so much news and information to a hungry public.

Despite some opinions to the contrary, Dave likes most stuff. But he is a skeptic who constantly wonders about the world around him. So many questions, so few answers.