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Allen retires from NBA, ends 18-year career

Allen retires from NBA, ends 18-year career


Ray Allen announced his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday, writing that he is “completely at peace with himself” after a record-setting 18-year career during which he established himself as one of the best shooters in basketball history.

Allen, 41, has not played in the NBA since the 2013-14 season, when he was with the Heat. He had been linked with multiple teams over the last two years and recently considered making a comeback with the Warriors and Cavaliers, league sources told ESPN.

As part of a “letter to my younger self” posted Tuesday on The Players Tribune, Allen wrote, “I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game.”

Allen was a 10-time All-Star over a career spent with four teams — the Heat, Celtics, SuperSonics and Bucks. He won two NBA championships — one with Boston in 2008, the other with Miami in 2013 — and is the league’s all-time leader with 2,973 career 3-pointers made, 413 more than anyone else to date.

In his post, Allen praised former teammates LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

“The men who you are going to win championships with are all going to be very different people,” he wrote. “What makes them champions is the boring old habits that nobody sees. They compete to see who can be the first to get to the gym and the last to leave.”

Allen averaged 18.9 points per game in 1,300 regular-season contests and shot 89.4 percent from the free-throw line, the seventh-best percentage in league history.

“When you start getting some national attention in high school, you’ll hear things like, ‘Ray’s jump shot is God-given,'” Allen wrote. “Listen: God doesn’t care whether you make your next jump shot.

“God will give you a lot of things in life, but he’s not going to give you your jump shot. Only hard work will do that.”

Allen is the last member of the Celtics’ famed Big Three to announce retirement plans this year.

Garnett, 40, retired on Sept. 23 after a 21-year NBA career. Pierce, 39, announced three days later that he would retire after playing this season with the L.A. Clippers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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