I look forward to this team having a high-octane offense with Dwyane and LeBron pushing it and creating so many shots for everybody else. I hope I can do the same thing for them.
Allen said the June 14 surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle was successful, and though it gets a little tender if I do too much walking, he expects it to be fine long before the season starts.
Allen, who admitted crying in the locker room after Bostons season-ending loss here June 9, was asked if his decision means he believes the Heat has a better chance to win another championship than the Celtics.
Its hard to come into a season saying you think a team is a lock to win a championship. Boston has a great chance, too, he said. They made some great signings.
Hard to leave
He did not specifically address reports of friction with formers Celtics teammate Rajon Rondo but said: I couldnt say it factored into my decision. We all have differences. I havent spoken with him about leaving Boston.
But he did inform Celtics Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett of his decision: I wanted them to know I appreciate everything they did for me.
He said Celtics coach Doc Rivers and general manager Danny Ainge were disappointed.
Leaving Boston, Allen said, is sad for me, knowing Im not going to be with those guys anymore. But Im looking forward to what we can do in this organization, being a teammate of LeBron, Dwyane, Chris Bosh. Joel Anthony, I just met. Those guys are excited to have me here.
Allen, who will wear No. 34 with the Heat after wearing 20 in Boston, said it doesnt bother me that some Celtics fans have branded him a traitor.
Theres a sense of the sadness and hurt people feel, and we feel that, too, as a family, he said. Our home is still in Boston. I know what my everyday goals are and thats to raise my kids to be respectable people and make this team better.
Riley, laughing, put Allen on notice: He averaged [14.2] points last year, shot 45 percent on threes. We expect that from him next year. Ill put that on him.
We hope he ends his career here, that we can be the one that hangs his number up in the rafters. Hes part of the new generation of athletes that may have become even better players after 30.