Ray Allen announces his retirement, Pens a letter to his 13-year-old self

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After two-and-a-half years of uncertainty — Ray Allen will walk away from the game of basketball.

The future Hall-of-Famer announced in a Players’ Tribune essay Tuesday that he is retiring from the game, “as a man who is completely at peace with himself.”

Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade. The men who you are going to win championships with are all going to be very different people. What makes them champions is the boring old habits that nobody sees. They compete to see who can be the first to get to the gym and the last to leave.

Your peers who think this is a cliché, or who think this doesn’t apply to them because they have God-given talent, will play their whole careers without winning an NBA title.

But I want you to understand something deeper. The championships are not the point.

Yes, there will be a sense of validation and vindication when you raise the trophy above your head, remembering everyone who ever said you wouldn’t amount to anything.

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