The letter starts out emotionally, rehashing his difficult childhood as an Army kid that was too white for the black kids, too black for the white kids and never fit in. It's actually pretty well-written and tugs at the heartstrings. It eventually turned into a convenient way to highlight his immensely successful career and becomes a little self-congratulatory for my taste. But hey, a little post-retirement bragging is to be expected.
"You’ll win a championship in Boston.
You’ll win another in Miami.
The personalities on those two teams will be different, but both teams will have the same thing in common: habits.
Boring old habits.
I know you want me to let you in on some big secret to success in the NBA.
The secret is there is no secret.
It’s just boring old habits."
I have a feeling that's an approach that's tailored specifically to ole Ray, but we'll let him have this one.
Besides, the real revelation here is that Ray Allen wasn't already retired. He hasn't played for an NBA team since he left the Miami Heat after the 2014 season, so it stood to reason that this momentous occasion had already passed us by. I think we had all figured we'd missed it, or were too busy ripping the perimeter shooting torch from his aging fingers and handing it to Steph Curry to even notice.
You can always count on Rondo not to beat around the bush. But in all seriousness, Allen was one of the NBA's all-time great pure shooters. Some say he was the best ever. Either way, he had some iconic moments that will play on in the highlights for decades to come. So in honor of our beloved Jesus Shuttlesworth hanging up his sneakers, here's perhaps his greatest moment:
I mean, I love me some Steph Curry but that shot by Ray Ray is untouchable. Fact.
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