NBA veteran Allen retires, says 'at peace with himself'
(The Sports Xchange) - Ray Allen, a 10-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, officially announced his retirement after 18 seasons on Tuesday.
Allen last played in the 2013-14 season and has been tied to rumors of a potential return ever since. On Tuesday, he wrote a letter for The Players' Tribune saying he is walking away for good.
"I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game," Allen wrote. "I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself."
A likely first-ballot Hall of Famer, Allen had career averages of 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 1,300 games.
He departs as the NBA's all-time leader in 3-pointers made (2,973), and established himself as one of the greatest 3-point and free-throw shooters, boasting career marks of 40 and 89.4 percent respectively.
Originally a No. 5 overall pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1996 draft, Allen was immediately traded along with Andrew Lang to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to draft Stephon Marbury.
Allen spent his first 6 1/2 seasons with the Bucks, earning a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 1996.
On Feb. 20, 2003, Allen was traded along with Ronald Murray, Kevin Ollie and a first-round draft pick to the Seattle Super Sonics for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason.
He spent 4 1/2 years in Seattle before the trade that transformed his already stellar legacy to a championship one. Continued...