Today, Ray Allen officially retires from NBA. Check out his Letter to his 13 year old self at Player’s Tribune . He was basically been retired for two years though.
Allen was the fifth pick of the 1996 NBA Draft. He has two championships (Celtics and Heat) and multiple All-star appearances. He is an all-time leader in 3-pointers in NBA history. In the Olympics, he has a gold medal as well.
Thank you for 18 years GOAT shooter.
Here’s a portion of Ray Allen’s Letter to my younger self….
The hell you experience when you get off that bus will be temporary. Basketball will take you far away from that school yard. 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.
Now, the most important question in your life isn’t, “Who am I supposed to be?” or even, “What do I have to do to win another championship?”
It’s, “Daddy, guess what happened in math class today?”
That’s the reward that awaits you at the end of your journey.
Go to the court. Stay at the court.
Get your work in, young fella.
Most people will never really get to know the real you. But they’ll know your work.