After gaining two NBA championship titles — one with the Boston Celtics and the other with the Miami Heat — Ray Allen has officially announced his retirement from pro-basketball.
In a letter to his 13-year-old self, published by The Players’ Tribune, the storied All-Star revisited his dreams of playing pro-ball to feeling restless after winning the 2013 championship.
“You lay down in bed at about five in the morning, but you just can’t sleep. Finally, around seven o’clock, you give up on sleep and creep downstairs,” Allen writes. “All your friends and family have come over to your house to celebrate — they’re all passed out on couches, sound asleep. You tiptoe around them on the way to the kitchen to make some breakfast. The sun is coming up, the house is quiet. You have achieved exactly what you set out to do. But you’re still restless.”
Allen, 41, also highlighted the fact that he played against his “heroes” Clyde Drexler and Michael Jordan, and admired his former teammates Paul Pierce, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Garnett, and LeBron James.
“Sometimes you’ll be afraid. Sometimes you’ll think you’re out of your league. But you’ll keep showing up every day, putting in the work,” he writes.
Drafted 5th overall in 1996
2-time NBA champion
1st all-time in career 3-point FGs
Congrats, Ray Allen! pic.twitter.com/diBurvObLP
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 1, 2016
Allen’s news follows that of Tim Duncan, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Kobe Bryant’s departure from the league. Read his full letter here.