Ray Allen announced his retirement today, officially ending an 18-year career in which he shot 40 percent from deep, solidifying his status as one of the greatest long-range threats of all time. It's no coincidence, then, that one of his 3-pointers will live on as the most iconic shot of Allen's career. In the waning seconds of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals, with the Heat down 3-2 to the San Antonio Spurs, Allen drained a trey with 5 seconds left to finish off a rabid Heat comeback and tie the game at 95. The Heat won that game, and Game 7, to capture their second straight NBA championship.
In a letter he wrote to The Player's Tribune announcing his retirement, Allen says he celebrated until about 5 in the morning after Game 7 before finally crawling into bed. But he couldn't sleep. So he did the only logical thing left to do: he drove to the dentist.
Around 7:30, you get into your car and go for a drive.
You park your car in front of a white office building. They're just opening up.
When you walk in the door, the receptionist looks at you and says, "Ray? What … what are you doing here?"
"I couldn't sleep."
"But … you just won the title."
"Yeah, I just wanted to get out of the house."
"But … it's eight in the morning. And you just won the title."
"Well, I still got some work to be done on this tooth. Is he in?"
Your dentist walks out of his office.
"Ray? What are you … what?"
This is what success looks like for you. You're the kind of guy who goes to the dentist the morning after winning an NBA title.
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