10-time NBA All-Star Ray Allen has officially announced his retirement from basketball, more than two years after he last played in a NBA game with the Miami Heat.
In an article written by Allen himself on The Players’ Tribune, he details his decision to formally step away from the game, citing that he is “completely at peace with himself.”
“I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game,” Allen said in the article, which was written a letter to his younger self. “I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself.”
Over his eighteen years in the league, Allen played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Sonics, (now the Oklahoma City Thunder), Boston Celtics, and the Miami Heat. He made $182,404,830 million in his career, per Spotrac.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding Allen’s retirement:
“Ray Allen was an extraordinary player for 18 NBA seasons and one of the best shooters in the history of our game. Renowned for his incredible work ethic and dedication to his craft, Ray produced some of the most thrilling moments in league history while earning two NBA championships. On behalf of the NBA family, I want to thank him for being a wonderful ambassador for the game,” Silver said.
Allen walks away from the game as the NBA’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made with 2,973 treys knocked down. He was the previous holder for the most three-pointers in a regular season with 269 until Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry broke his mark on two occasions.
Perhaps the biggest shot Allen hit in his career happened in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs while playing for the Miami Heat. After LeBron James missed the game-tying three, Chris Bosh rebounded the miss and passed it to Allen, who did tie the game:
Allen then promptly shouted at the American Airlines Arena staff to put away the yellow rope that they were using to restricted fans from entering what would’ve been the Spurs’ championship celebration had Allen not hit the shot.
“It’s going to be a shot that I’m going to remember for a long time,” Allen said that night. “There’s a lot of shots that I’ve made in my career, but this will go high up in the ranks.”
The best scoring year of Allen’s career came in 2006-2007 with the Sonics when he averaged 26.4 points per game. His collective career averages will finish as 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game.
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