Ray Allen, top 3-point shooter in NBA his­tory, re­tires

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Ray Allen won cham­pi­onships in Bos­ton and Mi­ami, made one of the most mem­o­rable shots in NBA Fi­nals his­tory and has more 3-point­ers than any­one who ever played in the league.

More than two years af­ter his last game, he’s de­cided that was enough. Allen an­nounced his re­tire­ment yes­ter­day in a post on The Play­ers’ Tri­bune web­site. Allen spent 18 sea­sons in the league with Mil­wau­kee, Seat­tle, the Celtics and the Heat, av­er­ag­ing 18.9 points in 1,300 ca­reer reg­u­lar-sea­son games and ap­pear­ing in 10 All-Star Games. “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 en­ter­tained thoughts about a come­back over the last two years and had plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties from ti­tle-contending teams. But noth­ing ever lured him back, al­though the door al­ways re­mained a tiny bit open - un­til now.

“Bas­ket­ball will take you far away from that school yard,” Allen wrote. “You will be­come far more than just a bas­ket­ball player. You’ll get to act in movies. You’ll travel the world. You will be­come a hus­band, and the fa­ther of five amaz­ing chil­dren.” Allen starred in the 1998 Spike Lee film “He Got Game,” por­tray­ing Je­sus Shut­tlesworth, a top-ranked bas­ket­ball prospect, whose fa­ther (played by Den­zel Wash­ing­ton) is in prison for killing his wife. On the court, team­mates and coaches raved about Allen’s famed work ethic and com­mit­ment to fit­ness - which now takes a dif­fer­ent form, af­ter he and his wife, Shan­non, re­cently opened an or­ganic fast­ca­sual restau­rant in Mi­ami. Allen was al­most al­ways on the floor for a work­out three hours be­fore games, shoot­ing on some oc­ca­sions be­fore the arena lights were even turned on.

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. In all, Allen made 2,973 3-point­ers in reg­u­lar-sea­son games, which doesn’t even count the one that was his most un­for­get­table.

His 3-pointer from the right corner with 5.2 sec­onds left in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Fi­nals for Mi­ami sent the Heat to over­time against the Spurs in a win-or-else game, and helped them go on to win the ti­tle in seven games. Chris Bosh got an of­fen­sive re­bound and passed to Allen, who was back­track­ing to­ward the corner.

Allen, with­out even need­ing to look down to en­sure that he was be­hind the line, el­e­vated over Tony Parker and con­nected to tie the game - even as arena work­ers kneeled around the court, hold­ing the rope that they pre­sumed they would soon be called upon to cor­don things off for the Spurs’ cham­pi­onship cel­e­bra­tion. On his way back to the bench to pre­pare for over­time, Allen ges­tured to those work­ers, shout­ing to put the rope away.

“It’s go­ing to be a shot that I’m go­ing to re­mem­ber for a long time,” Allen said that night. “There’s a lot of shots that I’ve made in my ca­reer, but this will go high up in the ranks.” — AP

NEW YORK: Jimmy But­ler #21 of the Chicago Bulls drives around a pick against the Brook­lyn Nets dur­ing the sec­ond half at Bar­clays Cen­ter on Mon­day in New York City. — AFP

MI­AMI: In a Fri­day, May 30, 2014 file photo, Mi­ami Heat guard Ray Allen ges­tures af­ter scor­ing a three-point bas­ket dur­ing the first half Game 6 in the NBA bas­ket­ball play­offs Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nals against the In­di­ana Pac­ers, in Mi­ami. Allen an­nounced his re­tire­ment from the NBA yes­ter­day, end­ing a ca­reer that saw him make more 3-point­ers than any player in league his­tory and win cham­pi­onships with Bos­ton and Mi­ami. — AP

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