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Ray Allen considering retirement

Jun 13, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT

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The Miami Heat are old, and aside from LeBron James, they look spent.

The Heat might have aged out of title contention, even with LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. They need a younger, more-energized supporting cast.

So what’s next for Ray Allen, who turns 39 next month? Not only is he Miami’s oldest player, he’s the oldest by three years!

Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe:

the guard said retirement is an option.


“I guess everything [is factored into the decision],” he said Thursday before the Heat lost to the Spurs, 107-86, in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. “You get away from it, you sit down and get an opportunity to think about it. It depends on how my body feels. I love the condition I’ve been in over the last couple of years. It’s just a natural progression.”

“I don’t look at this as an age thing for me, it’s never been an age thing,” said Allen, who was averaging 9.6 points in the playoffs entering Game 4. “I always laugh because I see the birthdates of the some of the younger guys. They’re born in the ’90s. In the ’90s! I was kicking it hard in the ’90s.

Allen hasn’t lost a step in the quote department. “They’re born in the ’90s. In the ’90s! I was kicking it hard in the ’90s” is pure gold.

But Allen has lost a step on the court.

Game 4 showcased what Allen brings in his advanced age. He made 2-of-4 3-pointers, but he also committed four fouls in 30 minutes and was -18.

Shooting ages well, and Allen will remain an NBA-caliber shooter for a long time. The key question is whether he can continue doing anything else well enough to get on the court.

Now that Derek Fisher has retired to coach the Knicks, Allen is the NBA’s third-oldest active player – behind Steve Nash and Mike James. But Allen has kept himself in such good shape, he often reminds us of his Jesus Shuttlesworth days.

If Allen wants to play next year, he’ll get signed. Teams will covet his shooting, at least attached to a minimum-salary contract. And his famous work ethic makes him a role model every team desires, regardless of how he produces on the floor.

He’s also played professional basketball for 18 years. Maybe he wants to move onto the next stage of his life.

To his credit, he’s positioned himself where the decision is his.

  1. sellahh - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Well huck you, nobody aside from few bandwagon fans from Florida is gonna care.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Uhhhhh, I know a couple Celtics fans who will care.

    • kb2408 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      He has kept himself in impeccable condition but Father Time catches up with all of us. It is time, Ray. Sunday the curtain falls on a great HOF career.

    • ss3walkman - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      I would have loved to see Ray get a third ring but 2 is enough. A lot of greats never get 1. I rather him go out somewhat on top than to see his role keep declining. If he doesn’t re-up 1 last time for Miami I would want him to retire. He’s too good to be just another player on the court. Go while you’re still the man

  2. bucrightoff - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Only player on the Heat who is playing with any pride right now. Most of their team is ready to pack it in.

  3. heat256 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Getting old sucks the big one sometimes. Saw an ad for an Everclear/Soul Asylum/Eve 6/Spacehog concert in FL tonight and was painfully reminded they were really relevant in the ’90s.

    • jkirby317 - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      Eve 6 relevant?
      Now it makes sense… you are one of THOSE guys!

      • heat256 - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        Shouldn’t you be getting treatment for that STD you got at a Pacers game?

      • heat256 - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        “The band issued the self-titled Eve 6 in 1998, attaining platinum success with hit singles “Inside Out” and “Leech,” the former capturing the #1 spot on the Modern Rock charts and crossing over successfully to pop/Top 40 radio” – from their bio. Apparently the only hit you got was when that john hit you and didn’t pay you for that BJ he got after the Pacers lost to the Hawks.

      • genericcommenter - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        They were relevant for about a month in 1998 and then another one in 2001 or so.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        not to @heat256
        He listens to them everyday while he ‘batin.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:51 AM

        @heat256, jkirby caught you son!

    • antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      What are you talking about? Are those malt liquors?

      I can see myself getting f—–d up on some of that Spacehog after Miami’s epic comeback.

  4. bigbenh8tr - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    2 Teams beat the Heat by at least 17 points twice this season. The Spurs and the Wizards

    Wizards played them 3 times this year with Lebron in the game, Wizards were 2-1 in those games.
    Lebrons point totals were 25, 25, and 23. Ariza can d him up as well as anyone. And drain 3′s on them at the same time.

    If it weren’t for John Wall’s ill advised shots in crunch time vs. the Pacers, they would have taken the Heat to 7 or won that series and we wouldn’t even be talking about the Heat in the Finals.

    Didn’t happen but could have. Would have loved to see Birdman and Bosh try to D up Gortat and NeNe who are both too quick and versatile because both could get out to the perimeter to play D on Bosh. Throw in Booker off the bench and it’s a matchup nightmare for the Heat and their bandwagon fans.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      The Wizards were not beating the Heat in any series – for the same reason the Trailblazers couldn’t do anything to the Spurs in theirs. High pressure experience really does matter in the playoffs. If you don’t have any, it will take you by surprise.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        Big Ben’s right. The Wiz would have smashed the Heat!

        Heat have no inside presence. Gortat and Nene would go bananas while Wall and that shooting guard are way too fast for Miami’s backcourt.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:05 AM

        The Heat have never had an inside presence. The Wizards wouldn’t have done any better than the Bulls or the Celtics or the Pacers or anybody else.

        The Wiz also lack the experience to execute in a Conference Finals series with the required poise to defeat a team like the Heat. They would’ve folded like a lawn chair.

  5. lphboston - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Time to mend fences.
    Come back to Boston for a farewell season.
    You were put on this Earth to be a Celtic.
    All will be forgiven.

    • emdawt - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      I actually see him more as a Buck/Supersonic but I am old.

    • AZ Dem - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Duh-ahm. Stupid. There’s a reason he left Boston. And there’s a reason why nobody in the organization misses him.

      We, the fans, don’t know what happened. Because everybody is keeping their mouths shut. And the fact that there seems to be a “conspiracy of silence” around his departure indicates that something happened, and that something was pretty significant.

      KG didn’t stop talking to Allen just because Allen went to Miami. Think about it.

      *** These guys are not just ballplayers, they’re human beings. They’re guys. Never, never ever forget this: why was Jason Richardson, apparently, completely out of the blue, traded from PHX. Answer: JasRich was boffing Steve Nash’s wife. Nash found out about it and complained to management. Next thing you know, JasRich was packing his bags.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:01 AM

        @AZ Dem, you’re not saying Allen boffed KG’s wife, are you?

  6. spursfan4life - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Yeah, he is already talking retirement so that must mean he has conceded to spurs!!!

    • antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      He said the same thing last year, though. So I don’t think it’s that.

  7. spursareold - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    If the Spurs manage to
    A) win the LoB
    B) drive Derek Fisher into retirement
    and
    C) drive Ray Allen into retirement

    I may have multiple orgazmz

  8. antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Of course it’s an option. He’s 39.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      You have to be a policeman or fireman to retire that young.

  9. sportsfan18 - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    What Ray is really saying…

    I came down here to win a ring… mission accomplished…

    Oh, I’d still play if we had a snowball’s chance in Hades to win it all next year… but we don’t so I’m gonna hang em up…

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Ray Allen was a big star in his Seattle days. He was one of the best shooting guards in the league for many years. Unlike the great Charles Barkley and many other greats, Ray Allen goes out an NBA champion. He’s rich, too!

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        Thanks for the insight. I had no idea who Ray Allen was until I read your post.

        What are you, a fifth-grader or a freaking moron? Cause I can’t tell.

  10. AZ Dem - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    It’s pretty simple. These past 2 years, he’s been a bench player. And you’ve got to ask yourself, “is it worth it?” Wouldn’t I be happier if I was spending some time with my kids?

    In Boston, he got about 35 minutes a game. In Miami, he’s gotten about 25 minutes.

    Is it worth it?

    He’s getting fewer looks, and his shooting percentage is at an all-time low (for him). For the first time in his life, he ended the season scoring less than 10 points per game.

    Is it worth it?

    He’s been talking about pursuing a career in film, either as an actor or producer for years. So, you know he’s got a plan B.

  11. lethalweapon4 - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    RAY CAN STILL SHOOT THAT BASKETBALL I GIVE HIM 1 MORE YEAR HE STILL GOT GAME!

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