Ray Allen, the top 3-point shooter in National Basketball Association history, retires

Even though Ray Allen hasn't played since the Miami Heat's 2013-14 season, for the last couple of years National Basketball Association teams have held out hope that the venerable sharpshooter might get back in the saddle one last time for a partial-season stretch run with a contender. The 10-time All-Star never ended up being lured back to the game, and at 41 years old, he's made a decision to put to rest any thought on a comeback.

"I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game", Allen writes in the essay titled "Letter to My Younger Self".

In the post, Allen says he "is completely at peace with himself". Those have now been put to rest.

The UConn product spent his first seven-plus seasons in Milwaukee before joining the Seattle SuperSonics for five seasons. He was traded again to the Boston Celtics, where he formed a "Big Three" with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

Allen's career will be defined by his two championships and solidifying his place as one of the greatest three-point shooters of all time. That shot kept the Heat alive and eventually enabled them to win the series in Game 7.

A 10-time NBA All-Star, and a one-time Olympic gold medal victor with Team USA in 2000, Allen is recognized as one of the league's elite marksmen. He also boasted an incredible.400 career 3-point percentage.

  • Julie Sanders