Allen settling into new city, new role with Heat

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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 been shooting the ball at the Heat workout facility for several weeks, and Miami point guard Mario Chalmers is among those raving about what they’ve been seeing.

Suffice to say, those after-practice shooting contests the Heat enjoy partaking in might be a whole lot tougher to win this season.

“I feel pretty good,” Allen said. “I have no complaints. I think at my age, being able to continue at the level, going through offseason having had surgery, it’s a new landscape for me. Having to move down here, be in a new situation, learn a new staff, all that’s been a great challenge. I’ve been looking forward to it. I’m enjoying it.”

With age comes wisdom, Allen said, when it comes to managing injuries and his health. His first training camp in Boston five years ago also followed surgery, he said, and he was in pain throughout those workouts but largely kept the severity to himself. Now 37 years old, Allen knows that’s probably not the best plan.

“Being older, you get more careful,” Allen said.

With Dwyane Wade at the starting shooting guard spot in Miami, it seems more than likely that Allen would come off the bench with the Heat.

The Celtics said he didn’t like that role last season, when he missed time with bone spurs with his ankle and lost his starting spot to Avery Bradley.

Allen, who accepted $3 million from the Heat this season and turned down more money to stay in Boston, insists he’ll be fine coming off the bench in Miami if that’s what the Heat ask.

“I wish he could have gone to the Clippers,” his former Boston teammate Paul Pierce lamented Friday. “Instead, he went to our Eastern Conference rivals.”

With Allen (2,718), another new free-agent addition in Rashard Lewis (1,690) and returnee Mike Miller (1,351), the Heat have three of the NBA’s top 13 active players in 3-pointers made.

And maybe it’s fitting that this season could be a three-for-all in Miami, given that the Heat made 14 3-pointers _ Miller went 7 for 8 to lead the charge _ in the title-clinching Game 5 romp over Oklahoma City to close the NBA Finals.

“He’s here to help the Miami Heat win another championship,” Chalmers said of Allen. “That’s what he’s here for.”


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