Although Ray Allen is now 41 years old and hasn’t played in an NBA game since the end of the 2013-14 season as a member of the Miami Heat, he continually flirted with the idea of making one more go of it, potentially lending his services to a title-contending team.
Rumors swirled as recently as this latest NBA preseason that Allen had spoken with representatives from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, that he would entertain the idea of strapping on his Jordan’s one last time if either club was in need of a spot up shooter. Well, it appears neither club was, as Allen has officially decided to retire after 19 stellar seasons.
Arguably the most clutch 3 in NBA Finals history. https://t.co/zB2oFdqL7D
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 1, 2016
The UConn product won two NBA championships, first as a member of the original ‘Big 3’ in Boston, and then with the Heat as the 4th option. A 10-time All-Star, Allen will finish his Hall of Fame career as the all-time leader in 3-point field goals made with 2,973 while his .400 from behind the arc is good enough to rank 38th.
Ray Allen is a straight shooter ? pic.twitter.com/hb0ZgiSvkF
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 1, 2016
For a guy who seemed to be chasing that illustrious championship ring forever, Allen actually suited up for a total 171 playoff games. Of course, it wasn’t until he joined forces with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett as a member of the Celtics that he was able to vanquish the demons of being a consummate bystander to NBA glory.
It’s pretty surreal that the 2016-17 season will see each of the fabled ‘Big 3’ pack it in, as Garnett recently became a part-time analyst for TNT’s NBA telecasts, and Pierce has already stated that this season with the Los Angeles Clippers will be his last.
Ray Allen finally retires, which means we’ll start the official rumor that there will be a “He Got Game” sequel. pic.twitter.com/xzqrqmiaa1
— ThePostGame.com (@ThePostGame) November 1, 2016
In an homage to Jesus Shuttlesworth of ‘He Got Game’ fame, Allen penned a letter to his younger self via The Players’ Tribune, announcing his departure from the NBA.
“I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game,” Allen writes in his letter, detailing how he often didn’t go out with other players to clubs or play cards on the plane — how he spent much of his career alone, but also how the work he achieved was proof of what he had given the game. “I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself.”
Some people say Ray Allen was just a shooter… pic.twitter.com/O9lO60d4ST
— HoopMixtape (@HoopMixOnly) November 1, 2016
To paraphrase a line made famous by the one and only Frank Sinatra, Allen did it his way.