Maybe it’s time to treat Ray Allen – who’s 41 and hasn’t played in the NBA since 2014 – as truly retired.
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.
This means nothing officially. If Allen wants to come back, he still can. He’s a free agent will remain a free agent.
But it suggests he’s at peace with his career ending – a state that wasn’t always the case.
If Allen, who famously keeps himself in tip-top shape, is finished, he’ll likely head to the Hall of Fame in a couple years. He’s the all-time leader in 3-pointers made (though Stephen Curry will likely pass him) and a 10-time All-Star. His peak might not match other all-time greats, but he was very good over 18 seasons with the Bucks, Sonics, Celtics and Heat. Longevity matters, too. Allen also won a couple championships, one with Boston and one with Miami thanks to one of the most clutch shots in NBA history: