Veteran NBA player Ray Allen has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 41, after 18 seasons in the league.
The 18-year veteran has not played for any other franchise since walking away from the Miami Heat after winning the championship in 2014.
The shooting guard announced his decision via an open letter posted on the player’s tribune. Allen, a 10-time all-star was linked with a comeback to the sport, but his announcement has quashed any speculation.
“I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game,” Allen said in his post, which was in the form of a letter to his younger self. “I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself.”
Allen had the record for 3-pointers in a season for seven years, his mark of 269 standing until Stephen Curry of Golden State made 272 in 2012-13 — a record Curry has topped twice.
The shooting guard played with four teams, the Heats, Celtics, Supersonics and the Bucks. He won two NBA championships – one with Boston in 2008, the other with Miami in 2013 – and is the league’s all-time leader with 2,973 career three-pointers made, 413 more than anyone else to date.
In his post, Allen praised former team-mates LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. “The men who you are going to win championships with are all going to be very different people,” he wrote. “What makes them champions is the boring old habits that nobody sees. They compete to see who can be the first to get to the gym and the last to leave.”
He is the last of the Celtics big three to announce his retirement from the spot, joining Garnett, 40, who retired 23 September after 21 years in the game. Pierce, 39, announced three days later he would be playing his final season with the Clippers.