Ray Allen: Takeaways, Boston Celtics Talk from his Basketball Hall of Fame speech

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Ray Allen reflects on his 19-year career, including his cherished time with the Boston Celtics, during his Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement speech at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass.

SPRINGFIELD, MA – SEPTEMBER 6: Hall of Fame Inductees Ray Allen speaks during the Class of 2018 Press Event as part of the 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on September 6, 2018 at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

When Ray Allen took the stage at Springfield Symphony Hall to deliver his Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement acceptance speech Friday evening, so many great players had come up before him to share stories and thank those who’d helped them along the way.

Players like Steve Nash, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd, who highlighted a star-studded Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Allen spoke last, but his first order of business was to thank Michael Jordan, crediting the NBA icon for inspiring his basketball dream.

“As a 14-year old kid, I was sitting in my bedroom,” Allen said, “and I seen him come down the lane. He turned around, he jumped in the air, he hit somebody’s body and he threw the ball off the backboard and it went in and it seemed like he wasn’t even looking at the hoop.

“I said, ‘I have to be able to do that. That has to be me someday. So, wherever Mike is, I want to tell you–I wanted to be Mike when I grew up.”

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