Bidding adieu to a legend

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Credit: Bleacher Report

Credit: Bleacher Report

As of November First, the long and illustrious career of Ray Allen is over. The 41-year-old announced his retirement via an article in The Players Tribune. In the article, Allen stated that “he is a 41-year-old man walking away from the game” and, [he is] “at peace” [with his decision]. The announcement, however, comes with little surprise as Allen, had pondered his options for the better part of two years, always staying in game shape just in case the call came.

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There were reports that Allen’s representatives had tried to work out a deal with NBA Champion, Cleveland Cavaliers back in July but, a deal could not be reached. It should be noted that Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce will all be retired by the end of the 2016-17 season. Why is this important you may ask. Keep that thought in mind.

Per Basketball Reference, Ray Allen has a 99.9 percent Hall of Fame probability and rightfully so. Drafted 5th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the star-studded 1996 Draft, the University of Connecticut standout would waste little time becoming a household name and bonafide star. In his 18 NBA seasons, Allen would be named a league All-Star 10 times. Three times as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, 6 times as a member of the Seattle Supersonics and once as a member of the Boston Celtics. 

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Allen would also experience championship glory not once but twice (2008, Boston and 2013, Miami), be named to an All- NBA Team twice (2001-01 Third Team and 2004-05 Second Team) and win an Olympic Gold Medal in 2000. Although his stint with the Miami Heat came just as his career was starting to wind down, Allen provided fans everywhere with one of the most clutch moments in recent history. Fans had already begun to leave American Airlines Arena in Miami during the end of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals with the Heat’s season seemingly over. 

Ray Allen would make a game-winning three-pointer with just two seconds left on the clock, not only winning the Heat the game but keeping their season alive. In post game interviews, Miami’s hero would call the game winner “the biggest shot of his career.” Ray Allen will undoubtedly go down in history as one of, if not the best pure shooters ever to step foot on a basketball court. Stepping away from the game ranking first in three-point field goal attempts and makes (2,973), the sharpshooter’s impact on the game will never be forgotten.

When Ray Allen is not on the court you can also find him on the big screen as Jesus Shuttlesworth in Spike Lee’s, “He Got Game” (phenomenal movie by the way). Allen would also have a role in 2001’s “Harvard Man”. In 2013, Allen would once again reprise his role as Jesus Shuttlesworth, this time in the NBA, as part of the short-lived “nickname jersey” games. Seeing this iconic character come to life before our eyes in real time was truly special.

What is next for the 41-year-old? Great question. The biggest and most exciting possibility for Ray Allen in his post-playing career would be a reunion of the former Celtics “Big Three”, this time on TV screens across the globe. Paul Pierce worked as an analyst during the 2016 Playoffs and Kevin Garnett also recently joined Turner Sports as an Analyst for NBA on TNT. 

Seeing three of the greatest Basketball minds reunited once again would be something to see. Although the current commentators and analysts across the NBA are tremendous at what they do, hearing the point of view from three newly retired players would make for a great commentary. It is also possible that we see Ray Allen on the sidelines as a coach in some capacity further down the line or even once again as a movie star. For now one can only dream of the possibilities for not only Ray Allen but, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in their post-playing careers.

We at Fadeawayworld.com would like to wish Ray Allen all the best in his future endeavors and congratulate him on a long, successful and Hall of Fame worthy career. The impact he had on the game has not only helped shape the way Basketball is played today but will most definitely inspire others, young and old to practice until they get the “perfect jumper”.

What is your favorite Ray Allen moment? Lets us know in the comments below!

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