Allen settling into new city, new role with Heat

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MIAMI (AP) - Late Friday night, less than 12 hours before the first practice of Miami Heat training camp, reigning NBA MVP LeBron James updated his Facebook page with a new photo.

The image: A grinning Ray Allen in the foreground, James looking over his shoulder at him, the duo wearing Heat uniforms together for the first time.

“Need I Say More,” James wrote.

No need.

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.

Since July, Allen and the Heat have been talking about ways to best integrate him into the lineup _ a process that shifts more to the practice floor now that camp is open.

“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.”

With good reason.

No one has made more 3-pointers against the Heat than Allen, and it’s not even close in that department.

Over his five seasons in Boston, Allen connected 96 times against Miami from 3-point range _ 34 more than anyone else during that span. His 165 career makes from beyond the arc against Miami are 51 ahead of second-place Reggie Miller.

And in each of the past three seasons, including playoffs, no opponent made more 3’s against the Heat than Allen (24 versus Miami in 2009-10, then 31 in 2010-11 and 22 in 2011-12).

“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 has been in Miami for the past several weeks, still getting settled into his new home, figuring out what his favorite lunch spots will be and quickly learning that there’s more to the city than just South Beach.

The adjustment process isn’t totally complete, but Allen feels like he’s gotten a head start on settling into the Heat locker room.

“It was the best situation for me moving forward,” Allen said of his decision to sign with the Heat. “There were other teams out there that had interest, but none from an overall perspective _ from a place to put my family to opportunity to win _ that I thought I matched potentially being here, which ultimately is why I ended up being here.”

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