Ray Allen praises key members of 2008 Celtics at Hall of Fame induction

2018 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

Ray Allen was one of many legends inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night after having a iconic career in the NBA.

Allen was part of the Class of 2018 that also featured Maurice Cheeks, Lefty Driesell, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Dino Radja, Charlie Scott, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Rod Thorn, Ora Mae Washington, and Rick Welts.

The Boston Celtics legend wasn't expecting any of his teammates from the 2008 NBA title-winning side to be at his induction last night, but that didn't stop him showing his appreciation towards them.

Allen said according to ESPN: "In my 12th year, I paired up with a couple of Hall of Famers in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I'd end up on that [title] stage."

Ray Allen praised key members of 2008 Celtics at Hall of Fame induction

He stated how difficult it was for him to win titles during his speech, but he also thanked everyone on his basketball journey, emphasizing that it was hard work that ultimately delivered him to the Hall of Fame.

"I don't believe in talent. I'm here because I worked hard all my life. Without that work, no one in this room would know who I am besides my family.

"So to all the kids around the world watching, paying attention, and aspiring to be like one of us, or even on this stage one day, put the work in and watch the magical ride you'll go on."

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge (who assembled the Big Three of Allen, Garnett, and Pierce), and Mike Longabardi, an assistant coach on that 2008 title team, were among those in attendance for Friday's ceremony at Springfield's Symphony Hall.

Allen is one of the highlights of this year's class, as he is the NBA's all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 2,973, which is 400 more than the next player on the list.

He also won two NBA titles, one with the Celtics in 2008 and one with the Miami Heat in 2012. He was also named an All-Star three times with three different teams, including with the Seattle SuperSonics.

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