Ray Allen played his last game with the Miami Heat in the 2012-13 NBA season. Since then, fans have been waiting for his return but the 41-year-old shooting guard is yet to find a new team. Did Allen officially retire as an NBA player?
Last summer, there are various speculations about the potential NBA comeback of Ray Allen. The 10-time NBA All-Star expressed his desire to join a title contender team. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors emerged as his possible destinations. Allen knows he still has something left in his tank. He could be a great addition to a team in need of a threat on the perimeter.
Ray Allen not making an NBA comeback just to mentor young guys
In an interview with ESPN’s The Jump, Allen revealed that several NBA teams expressed interests in bringing him back, including the Boston Celtics. However, the veteran shooting guard said that the team’s offer didn’t meet his interest.
“Most of the inquiries I have received were how ready am I to accept my role as a veteran and sit on the bench and mentor the young guys,” Allen said. “I love to do that, it comes naturally to me, but I do want to play. I didn’t know if that was possible, so I didn’t want to be sitting on a team and say, ‘What did I get myself into?’”
Allen is only willing to make an NBA comeback for a team who would give him playing time. Though he’s open to mentor young players, he knows he can still help teams win games. However, knowing that Allen didn’t play in the NBA for almost four seasons, some teams may be thinking that he isn’t ready to make an immediate return.
Ray Allen still wants to play in the NBA
Ray Allen admitted that he already misses the game. If he’s still playing today, the 41-year-old guard knows he can still shoot three-pointers like the way he used to do. The rise of the small ball makes Allen more interested in making an NBA comeback.
“It’s interesting. It’s fun to watch because it’s not just Golden State, it’s not just Cleveland,” he said. “You see Toronto playing that way, you see Phoenix playing that way, you see Milwaukee and so many other teams playing that way. When I played in Milwaukee, we played that way but we always got criticized because they said small ball couldn’t win.”
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