Ray Allen scored 16 points and made four three-pointers in the Miami Heat's Game 3 win on Saturday, hitting crucial shots as the team pulled away from the Indiana Pacers.
Allen will turn 39 in less than two months and does not envision playing in the NBA in his 40s.
"Do I want to get to the point where you tell me, 'Look man, you ain't looking good out there'?" Allen said. "Do you want to get to that point and people start saying that about you?
"When Barry Sanders retired, we were all like, 'What?' He only played 10 years. We wanted him to play more. But he left on his terms, he was great. Ten was probably early. But you don't want to get to the point where you are on a downside and everybody's like, 'You don't seem like you have it anymore.'
"Do I want to play at a high level? Or do you just want to exist on team where you win or maybe not? Those are the questions you have to ask yourself. It's more than just the game. It's preparing every day.
"That's probably one of the things that I learned from Jordan. He said it wasn't the games he wanted to retire from. It was the preparation for each game. He was glad to say I don't want to do this anymore."
Allen will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason after earning $3.2 million. He will contemplate with his family about continuing to play or retiring.
"I just go into the summer and sit and think about it," Allen said. "I'm not far away."