Despite not playing since the 2014 season, Ray Allen has officially announced retirement, therefore ending speculation that has persisted over the last few years that he may comeback and play for a contender. I follow the guy on Instagram and I can tell you that much of what I see is him enjoying the Miami lifestyle, which mostly means year round golf.
I just want to take a moment to reflect on his time with the Celtics, because frankly I consider his time with the Heat to be irrelevant. From his tenure with the Celtics from 2007-2012, there was no doubt he was a fan favorite and for damn good reason. In the playoffs over those years he hit some big shots for us and during the 2008 and 2010 NBA finals he set the record for three point shots made, which has now been broken by Steph Curry.
Ray Allen also holds the title for most three point shots made and I actually happened to be at the game with my dad in 2011 when he did that against the Lakers.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about him.
I absolutely loved the guy when he played for us, he seemed like a stand up/team first kind of guy. He always put in the work in practice hoisting up thousands of three point shots each day. It seemed like him, Pierce and Garnett had great chemistry, both on and off the court.
However, when Ray split for the Heat in 2012, I started to question the guy. His loyalty really seemed questionable and he, like many others, were just jumping on the Heat bandwagon trying to chase a ring. I have also heard that when he actually played on the Celtics, he didn't get along all that great with Pierce and Garnett. In fact, Pierce said that he mostly did his own thing and often didn't show up to team dinners or other players' charity events. Its strange to hear things like that after the fact when it seemed like those three guys were good friends at the time. Overall, I may have mixed feelings about the guy but there is no question he belongs in the Hall of Fame, however I highly doubt the Celtics will retire number 20.
By Spencer Roush