Ray Allen announces retirement

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Ray Allen: I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game. I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself. 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.
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