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The record-holding two-time National Basketball Association champion reflects on his work ethic, his on-the-court friendships and rivalries, the great teams he's played for, and what it takes to have a long and successful career in this thoughtful, in-depth memoir. 

Playing in the NBA for 18 years, Ray Allen won championships with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat and entered the record books as the original king of the three-point shot. Known as one of the hardest-working and highest-achieving players in NBA history, this most dedicated competitor was legendary for his sharp shooting. From the Outside, complete with a foreword by Spike Lee, is his story in his words: a no-holds-barred look at his life and career, filled with behind-the-scenes stories and surprising revelations about the game he has always cherished. 

Allen talks openly about his fellow players, coaches, owners, and friends, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. He reveals how, as a kid growing up in a military family, he learned about responsibility and respect - the key to making those perfect free throws and critical three-point shots. 

From the Outside is the portrait of a gifted athlete and a serious man with a strongly defined philosophy about the game and the right way it should be played - a philosophy that, at times, set him apart from colleagues and coaches, while inspiring so many others, and lead to the most pivotal shot of his career: the unforgettable three-pointer in the final seconds of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Throughout, Allen makes clear that success in basketball is as much about what happens off the court as on, that devotion and commitment are the true essence of the game - and of life itself. 

©2018 Walter Ray Allen Jr. (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Wish Ray was the narrator, but narration was good.

Like the behind the scenes stories. Would have like to know more about wife.

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Life Lessons

Nice biography from one of the best shooters ever. Life lessons sprinkled throughout Ray shares insights and personal anguish pain, insecurities and dreams.

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  • Jay
  • Williamstown, WV, United States
  • 08-04-18

I Did It Right, Everyone Was Wrong

The typical athlete that blames everyone for what went wrong and it wasn't their fault.

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It wasn't bad, but I thought it would be better

I knew most of the stories he discussed, but I thought it would be much more detailed. He rushed through basketball seasons in about two sentences. There was no real thrill to hear about the games, drama, and victories from his perspective. I enjoyed watching the games and hearing the media discuss it more. The one and only thing I did enjoy was learning more about him personally. He seems like a very well mannered kool fellow.

The book was okay, but Shaq's book was 90 times better.

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Totally enjoyed Rays story!

I’ll admit to being a bit bias because I’ve followed Ray since his days at UCONN since I’m a Connecticut native. He’s always seemed like a class act and it was nice to learn more about his journey through the NBA. Can’t wait to hear his hall of fame speech!! He’s a lock to get in!!

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the best book to read about a shooting guards life

this is a good book to read about ray Allen's life of basketball and how he grew up listening to the NBA and how he wanted to be a basketball player in my opinion he's a pretty good shooter , has a quick release and follow through , and the best shooting guard in the nba im not a ray allen type of guy but he's pretty good on the court

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Great book!

Loved the stories about his life he described. Followed Ray Allen history growing up and it as great to get his side of things in life and basketball. Wonderful book! :)

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Ray Allen Life and Basketball

I thought book was well narrated. Ray tries to show people that through hard work, discipline and consistency you can achieve anything. While this sounds great this is not always the case. I dont completely agree with him but it was a good book to an inside perspective of the life of a professional basketball player.

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Awesome title

Ray Allen is one of a kind . An inspiring story of one of the greatest shooters in history.

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Great book - great story

Awesome to get the insight into the life of one of my favorite players. Ray is a legend.