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From the Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  598 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The record-holding two-time National Basketball Association champion reflects on his work ethic, his on-the-court friendships and rivalries, 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 orig
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Dey Street Books
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Jul 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ray Allen has to be one of my VERY favorite basketball players....Not only is he able to shot the lights out, I absolutely love the balance he brings to the teams he played for with his calm laid back demeanor. The book was actually a glimpse into his life and how he fell in love with the game of basketball. I really enjoyed this story and his perspective about the game and the players he encountered. Although, I must admit he surprised me with some some of the interactions he had with other pla ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
I won this book through GoodReads First Read Program.

I am a sports fan but not a huge basketball fan. As a kid I followed all sport intensely and had favorite teams I followed with a passion. Due to life this has narrowed to baseball. I pay attention to other sports and watch occasional games but my intense following is now limited.

That being said, I truly enjoyed Ray Allen's autobiography in which he tells the reader about growing up the son of an Air Force Technician. He started out in Califor
niko papakirk
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
look at ray allen, man, so inspirational.
Jacob O'connor
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Should the NBA let kids jump straight to the league from high school? Should they require a year of college?

Allen attended 3 ears at UConn. He recommends others do likewise. His reasoning is, it gives the player time to develop and mature. All while having a support system. I disagree. I think the only requirement should be the player's ability. If a high school kid can play, let him play. Let him get paid. If the team wants to protect their investment, they'll catch on. They put in the support
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whether you recognize his name or not, read this inspiring journey reaching professional basketball.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-3-stars
Not enough Boston from Jesus.

The best part was when Ray Allen put dirty dishes on his roommate Travis Knight's bed because he kept leaving them all over the place.
James Crowner
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book From the Outside is an autobiography about Ray Allen's life throughout his childhood and his NBA career. In the beginning, he was a quiet boy that didn't have many friends due to his dad being in the army and them having to move every couple of years. He decided to play basketball and he would play with whoever would join him despite the abundant racism in his neighborhood. Later, when he went to college he became more outspoken and a leader in his community. His ego later caused him di ...more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of the NBA or basketball, in general, this is a good book. Ray Allen goes through his whole life through his career in the NBA and what it took to get there. Ray Allen talks about his upcoming life in a small town in the south where he encountered racism and people that doubted him. He also gives details of his home life and what it was like going through college. He also talks about his two championship 4 teams NBA career. Not only does he talk about his life but he brings up i ...more
Ken Heard
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ray Allen could have been a spoiled NBA brat, a prima donna rich kid. Instead, he became a team leader with wisdom, patience and humility. Those characteristics show in his autobiography and its what makes this a decent read. He touches on some issues, like racism that he dealt with in his career, arguments with other players and coaches, lazy teammates, superstars who only want the ball and don't think about teamwork and the massive amounts of money players get in the NBA, but he's fair and doe ...more
Khadbaatar Gerelkhuu
most memorable quote:
You become a champion the day you commit to giving your best no matter what the obstacles may be. Will you be judged? You better believe it, and the judgment might be harsher than you deserve. But that’s no excuse to give anything less.
Andrew Penning
May 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
One of my all time favorite players but this book was as dry as his jumper was wet.
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Patrick McGrady
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Ray Allen is one of my favorite players. He has that silky smooth jumper that ALWAYS looks like it will go in. Knock down shooters seem like the most psychotic players when it comes to routine and work ethic. I've heard Ray Allen and J.J. Redick talk about how obsessive they both got when it came to preparation. Kyle Korver had an off season workout routine that involved diving under water and moving a boulder across the ocean floor. Larry Bird used to get up thousands of shots in an empty gym w ...more
Terrell Brown
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“CB grabbing the ball, throwing it to me near the corner, the game the season, hanging in the balance. I jumped straight up as if I were in a phone booth and let it go.”(Allen 7) This is how Ray Allen describes the shot of a lifetime, in his first ever book From the Outside. Before getting into - the specifics, you first need to know who Ray Allen is if you already don’t. Ray Allen, who is the record holder for most three-point shots made in NBA history and a winner of two NBA championships pla
Dillon Liskai
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story of the life of Ray Allen is a very interesting one. He was a good basketball star in high school, good enough to get a scholarship to the University of Connecticut. Everybody thought that Ray was going to be a good college athlete, but they believed that was where the talent would get him. College. Not the NBA or overseas, just college. Ray wanted to prove them wrong, and he did just that. Not only did he shoot the lights out during his time as a Huskie, he also could dunk at any given ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ray Allen recalls the difficulties of growing up in Dalzell, South Carolina, a troubled neighborhood where kids do not have an aspirational figure to emulate. He highlights how basketball kept him on the straight and true, and how it was the one constant during his nomadic childhood. This was the guy that SLAM once projected to “fade into obscurity”. Allen candidly shares experiences that brought out the best and worst of the people around him. A noticeable pattern was how he would hit it off we ...more
Julie Laumark
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It has been my pleasure & privilege to have had conversations with Ray over the years. This book made me feel like I was having another, albeit one sided conversation with him as I was reading it. I have always found Ray to be inspirational, inciteful, & wise beyond his years. I became a fan of Ray's not for his work ethic, his amazing talent on the court or even for his charity work. I have been following Ray's career since he was a UCONN student & would bring his toddler to with him to watch t ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
Ray Allen is a Hall of Fame basketball player with two championships. Allen's memoir starts at a young age all the way to the end of his basketball career. Allen was never an eye-catching celebrity on or off the court. Allen also stayed married to the same woman and had four kids. Overall, Allen had an impressive career. For many this book will not have the juicy gossip or slander that most celebrity memoirs seems to follow.

This is an inspiring book for teens looking for role-models. For avid s
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
Quick, easy, enjoyable read for any basketball lover. Ray had the sweetest stroke in the game. Period. Not MJ. Not Kobe. Not Reggie Miller. Ray Allen’s jump shot was a thing of beauty.

I lived a few doors down from Ray in Belden Hall his freshman year at UCONN. So my rating might be biased. He was a cool dude. Quiet, humble, and a smooth character.

It was fun to learn more about his upbringing and especially enjoyed his summary of the NBA years. He opens up more about his relationships in the back
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Entertaining read as a basketball fan and player. Follows Ray Allen from a kid through his NBA retirement. I just read the Andre Iguodala book before this so interesting to see the parallels and differences. One surprising theme is that they both talk about really talent players (more talented then them) coming up that never made it like they did due to having the wrong attitude or work ethic or other circumstances. Iguodala talked about Rashard McCants as being one of the top 5 basketball playe ...more
Anthony Zepperi
Oct 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
From the "Outside" Ray Allen always seemed stoic and reserved, so I found the book refreshing because he let's us in on how he truly feels. Ray opens up about KG, Paul, Raja Rondo, Doc, the Celtics, and LeBron James. I loved how this story was told. It was honest and didn't seem like he threw anyone under a bus. He even takes ownership of some of his mistakes in life and with his teammates in basketball. Ray seems like a really mature man. He puts his family first and basketball second. Ray was ...more
Darryl Spicer
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First a disclaimer I am a basketball fan. I love the game and the players so this review might be a little bias.

So I found this book to be a great read. I have read some sporting biographies that contain so so much filler and therefore feel like they get you nowhere fast. I am not interested in what colour the fan in the 4th row shirt was, or I had this for lunch before I did this. If you like that sort of then this is not the book for you.

"From the outside" is not one of those books. It was s
Edwin Arnaudin
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Ray Allen is my favorite basketball player and his life's story is presented in sufficiently compelling terms, yet the potential is there for something far greater. Many chapters in his life (namely starring in Spike Lee's He Got Game) are underdeveloped and the writing hops between using and avoiding contractions, sometimes within the same page, making for a disjointed read. I realize not every sports memoir can be on the level of Andre Agassi's (and J. R. Moehringer's) Open, but even though Al ...more
Jonathan Johnson
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book great book great book
I loved hearing the story of Ray Allen from his childhood through his almost 20 years in the nba
He neatly outlined his insecurities being a military kid growing up in different places along with his want for affirmation and security
He also clearly showed how he became successful through keeping the same routine every single day from college through the pros
Lastly he outlined his family dynamics from never receiving love and attention from his father to not always
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Probably the most candid autobiography I've ever read.
Allen doesn't hold back. On everything. And everyone. He has a lot of opinions.
Unfortunately, he does it so often that by then end of the book you can't help thinking, gee, it sure would be nice to hear everybody else's side of the story.
Without hearing the other side, you just come across as an arrogant know-it-all.

But the candid, tell-all book flows very well from beginning to end. There are no dull spots. And all the passages are very con
Paweł Labe
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A perfect book, not only about basketball. Allen gives us an opportunity to see a team in a locker room, to hear players and coaches speaking, to read about a real life in a nba. I think that that book isn't really flashy on every page, but it seems to be always honest. I would love to read more books like that - written by KG, Rondo, Lebron, Doc or Sam Cassell. Ray Allen is never rude, but it looks like he is honestly speaking about his years in nba. And when one of the best shooters in a histo ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book, not only from a biography perspective, but gave great insight into the life of an NBA Star. The outside world has a personal perspective of these players, but Ray gives great detail about the realities they face every day. I was always curious as to how Ray Allen was so disciplined, this book did a great job walking the reader through those parts of his life. Highly recommended for any NBA fan, or any one who’s interested in hearing the behind the scenes of the life in the ...more
Caelan McDonough
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ray Allen’s book “From the Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love” was the perfect book for me. Ray Allen talks about his life, friends, teammates, coaches, and family. You would enjoy this book mainly if you like sports or Ray Allen in general. If you would like to pursue a career is any sport I highly recommend this book, because Ray Allen talks about how to deal with arrogant teammates and unfairness on a team. This book was a book I knew I would like, but I ended up liking it a ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a big Ray Allen fan and a Celtic fan so I was eager to hear more about the behind the scenes drama and the Heat move. I was pretty satisfied with this book. I moved through it in about 3 days. It was easy reading, especially if you are interested in and familiar with late 90s NBA basketball like I am. I am not mad at him at all like some folks might be, especially considering how he found out he was traded previously (mostly by the media, and on the day).
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, sports
The writing was pedestrian and cliche-ridden, but a rewarding read because the author has 1) an exceptionally long career’s worth of stories in which he crossed paths with a lot of basketball legends, and 2) complete willingness to speak his mind about said legends, while holding nothing back. Anyone who has followed the NBA for the past two decades will find plenty of worthwhile anecdotes and observations; anyone who doesn’t care about the league should skip this one.
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