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All-time UConn great Ray Allen pens retirement letter to his younger self

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Ray Allen as a member of the Boston Celtics. (AP) Ray Allen as a member of the Boston Celtics. (AP)
Ray Allen as a UConn Husky in 1996. (AP photo) Ray Allen as a UConn Husky in 1996. (AP photo)
STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

He'll go down in the annals of basketball history as one of the greatest shooters of all time.

Tuesday, University of Connecticut great and 10-time NBA all-star Ray Allen announced his retirement through The Players Tribune, a publication by athletes.

The 41-year-old penned a letter to his 13-year-old self.

In it, he discussed the difficulty he had adjusting to different schools in different cultures as part of living in a military family.

"I’m going to be 100 percent honest with you," Allen wrote to himself. "I wish I could tell you that it will get easier, and that you’re going to blend in, and that it’s going to be alright. But you’re not going to fit in with the white kids, or the black kids or the nerds or even the jocks."

He warned himself that he'll be the enemy to a lot of people simply because he wasn't from around there.

Then he told teenage Ray Allen to go to the basketball court and build his existence there.

Allen warned also his old self not to get on UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun's [expletive] list.

"When you get to UConn, your coach will show you what hard work really is," he wrote.

Allen went on to say that he'd play against his heroes like Michael Jordan and play alongside hall of famers like Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and LeBron James.

Allen won championships with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat.

He currently holds the NBA record for 3 point field goals.

To read his complete letter, click here.

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