Best known for his three-point acumen, Ray Allen, now 41 years old, played his last NBA game some two years ago for the Miami Heat. Since then, he’s taken time off the NBA, despite generating interest from a number of teams who’re willing to take a flier on him.
Just a few hours ago, however, Ray Allen put a stop into all the rumors about him ending up playing for whichever team this season by announcing his retirement.
Capping a career that spanned four teams across 18 seasons, Allen made the announcement in an open letter to his younger self for the Players’ Tribune.
Over his career, Allen made 10 All-Star appearances, made two All-NBA teams and was part of the 2000 United States Basketball men’s squad that won the Olympic gold medal in Sydney.
He shot 40.0 percent from beyond the arc and scored 18.9 points per game throughout his career.
He truly was one of the best offensive players of his era, and is sure to be a first-ballot Hall of Fame Player as soon as he’s eligible.