Others might talk about it, but Ray Allen doesn’t have his retirement on his mind.
One of the greatest three-point shooters of all time, the 38-year-old is known for taking incredible care of his body to keep him performing at a high level.
“I don’t plan on it,” he told the Sun Sentinel. “And I don’t say it from the standpoint that I’m going to retire. I’m just saying I don’t worry about the plan from this vantage point now. I just go into the offseason and I think it’ll be interesting where we all stand, where we all sit.”
After last season, Allen could have opted out of his contract and either walked away from the game in cult hero fashion after hitting the most important single shot in NBA Finals history, or negotiate a new deal to keep him around longer.
However, the future Hall-of-Famer didn’t want to think ahead.
“I was like, ‘Let’s try it again and we’ll deal with that issue then,’ because nothing’s more important than the present,” he said. “And that’s the one thing I learned early in my career, is always be in the moment.”
And with an opportunity to win a third-straight title and play with guys who video bomb, visit the White House and play high-octane basketball that puts him in position to shoot open jumpers, why would he?
Allen’s still got it. He hit the game-clinching three-pointer in a Los Angeles Clippers game that went down to the wire.
Allen has actually seen a small uptick in minutes per game this season, mostly due to his filling in for the oft-injured Dwyane Wade.
Allen told the Sentinel it has been the “funnest” two years of his career “because of the camaraderie that has built, and the togetherness. That’s what means more than anything.”
All quotes via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.