In a piece that was aptly titled Letter to My Younger Self, Allen talked to his 13-year-old version, and gave the latter a glimpse of stellar basketball career ahead of him.
The two-time NBA champion, 10-time All-Star, and all-time leader in three-pointers—among other accolades—has finally bid farewell to the game that made him, after two seasons and a summer of endless comeback rumors.
Before Stephen Curry and all his Splash Siblings, the man known as Jesus Shuttleworth (in He Got Game) was one of the pioneers of the concept of abusing the area beyond the arc. Despite the fact that he made a living from the three-point line, you'd be wrong to dismiss Allen as merely a one-dimensional player.
We may not see him in an NBA jersey anytime soon, but thankfully we have enough video proof of how dangerous a scorer and clutch performer he was. And to mark the end of Allen's much-decorated career, FHM compiled a few of those highlight reels, and spliced them with some excerpts from his heartfelt letter.
'Go to the basketball court. Stay at the basketball court. You can build your entire existence there'
'God will give you a lot of things in life, but he's not going to give you your jump shot. Only hard work will do that'
'In order to achieve your dreams, you will become a different kind of person. You'll become a bit obsessive about your routine. This will come at a heavy cost to some of your friends and family'
'Go to the court. Stay at the court. Get your work in, young fella. Most people will never really get to know the real you. But they'll know your work'