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The Starting 5: Ray Allen Retires – Letter to My Younger Self

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The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet

1. Letter to My Younger Self – Ray Allen, The Player’s Tribune

Ten-time NBA All-Star Ray Allen announced that he’s officially hanging up his Jordan sneakers today, as the 41-year old will be retiring from the NBA effective immediately. While some are wondering why Allen waited until now to make the announcement considering he’s sat out the last two seasons, Allen reflected on his career in a thoughtful essay submitted to The Player’s Tribune. Allen retires as a two-time NBA champion, and the all-time league leader in three-pointers made.

2. Ranking Early Extensions for the 2013 NBA Draft Class – Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated

Monday was a crazy day for the NBA, as a handful of fourth-year players agreed to stay with the teams that drafted (and for Victor Oladipo, traded for) them, resulting in some ludicrous contract extensions. Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver took the most recent transactions and ranked them, mixing in fellow 2013 draft class extensions like those given out to Giannis Antetokounmpo and C.J. McCollum.

3. Draymond Green dishes on his new teammates, losing The Finals, the ESPN.com article and more – David Aldridge, NBA.com 

This week’s Monday Morning Tip – which is a weekly column where NBA reporter David Aldridge highlights what’s going on around the league – featured an interesting interview with Golden State Warriors’ forward Draymond Green. While Green speaks about all of the media attention he’s been receiving these last several months, the juiciest line in the column might be where he mentions that he hopes to “destroy” the Cleveland Cavaliers if the two teams meet up again in the NBA Finals.

4Trail Blazers find that without Andrew Bogut, Warriors’ defense “just not the same” – Jason Quick, CSNNW.com 

As the Portland Trail Blazers prepare for their first rematch of the season with the Warriors, who knocked them out of the 2016 NBA Playoffs, point guard Damian Lillard has noticed a significant difference in this season’s version of his opponent. Namely, the lack of rim protector Andrew Bogut, who signed with the Dallas Mavericks this past offseason. Lillard said he “felt good about getting to the rim” when the two teams faced off this preseason, which gives Draymond Green and company some legitimate bulletin board material.

5. Ricky Rubio out Indefinitely with Sprained Elbow – Canis Hoopus

The Ricky Rubio/Minnesota Timberwolves saga took an unfortunate turn on Saturday when the 26-year old point guard injured his elbow in a loss to the Sacramento Kings. Unfortunately, that injury has been diagnosed as a sprain, which will leave the floor general on the bench indefinitely. Since Minnesota drafted point guard Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick in June’s draft, there have been rumors that Rubio isn’t necessarily a part of the team’s plans for the future, and extended playing time for Dunn could ultimately lead to the team parting ways with the Spanish veteran guard.

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