One of the greatest players in basketball has hung up his jersey. Ray Allen, whose 3-point shot during the 2013 NBA Finals has become one of the most iconic moments of the game, retired, saying he was satisfied with his nearly two-decade ‘journey’ on the court.
“Dear 13-year-old Ray,” the two-time NBA Champion wrote to himself in The Players’ Tribune on Nov. 1. “I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game. I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself.”
“You’ll get to play against your heroes: Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler,” Ray wrote to his younger self. “You’ll play alongside Hall of Famers: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade. Sometimes you’ll be afraid. Sometimes you’ll think you’re out of your league. But you’ll keep showing up every day, putting in the work.”
That work resulted in some major accolades. Ray was a 10-times NBA All-Star, a Gold medal Olympian, the NBA 3-point all-time leading scorer and a two-time NBA Champion. He won his first title with the Boston Celtics in 2008. His second championship came in 2013 with the Miami Heat.
It was in the 2013 NBA Finals that Ray became a part of NBA History. With 5.2 seconds left in Game 6, he landed a 3-point shot that 6 won the game and forced a Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs. Miami would go on to win that match and the title.
Ray had the record for most 3-pointers in a season for seven years, paving the way for men like Stephen Curry, 28, to dominate the game with half-court shots and 3-point bombs. Steph thanked the man who helped change the game, calling him “the greatest shooter to play the game” once he heard Ray was retiring.
Now, after nearly two decades in the NBA and a career that will likely lead him to the Hall of Fame, Ray is ready for the next phase in his life. “Now, the most important question in your life isn’t, ‘Who am I supposed to be?’ or even, ‘What do I have to do to win another championship?’” he said in his letter. “It’s, ‘Daddy, guess what happened in math class today?’ That’s the reward that awaits you at the end of your journey.”
Congratulations to Ray Allen on a magnificent career. HollywoodLifers, what was your favorite Ray Allen moment?