HEAT Happy to Have Ray Allen
When Allen decided to leave Boston and sign with Miami this summer, the Heat were downright giddy over the notion that the NBA’s best team last season would now feature the best 3-point shooter in league history.
“He strikes fear,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We know about that fear, because every time he found his way open behind the 3-point line, as a collective staff, we would say, ‘Oh … ` thinking the worst.”
“We’re excited to have that dynamic with us this year,” Spoelstra said. “We’ve had 3-point spacing. We’ve had tremendous 3-point shooters that can shoot on the move. We haven’t really had a catch-and-shoot player with the ability and skill set like Ray. That adds a different dimension to our offense and it should be interesting.”
Allen was slowed last season by ankle problems, severe enough that he needed offseason surgery. The Heat weren’t deterred by that when trying to sign him, and Allen – whose last game as a Celtic was in Miami, the Game 7 loss in last season’s Eastern Conference finals – said his recovery is going well.
“He’s here to help the Miami Heat win another championship,” Chalmers said of Allen. “That’s what he’s here for.”