Ray Allen adds fire power to Miami Heat offense beyond the line
Now, despite the "scary good" blockbuster cast of defending champions’ 2012 roster, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra knows the importance of keeping up with the times and has been tweaking here and there all offseason to produce a stronger than before lineup.
Miami Heat’s 2006-2007 seasons served as a harsh reminder of the team’s overconfidence its abilities they started the season without making any major changes to the roster following their 2005 championship title. However, Erik Spoelstra is of the firm belief that change is good. When the rest of the NBA was making big free agency moves, Erik Spoelstra too indulged in a few deals that have bolstered the Miami Heat’s offense by adding shooting guard Ray Allen and forward Rashard Lewis to play alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
"We really wanted to commit to improving our roster," stated Erik Spoelstra.
With the new roster additions, Miami Heat’s offense is deeper than before, as Erik Spoelstra anticipates Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis to come off the bench – and when need be, even start a few games this season.
"We wanted to add some depth, not to be able to rest guys, but to be able to withstand the rigors of a very competitive, physical 82-game season,” said Erik Spoelstra, “and keep guys fresh especially when it counts during the playoffs.”
While the change from the Boston Celtics’ green to Miami Heat’s whites was a sudden shocker for a few, Ray Allen’s importance cannot be overseen as he adds an usual mix to the team’s offense. Ray Allen is ranks as NBA’s all-time No.1 in three-pointers made and attempted.
"There are only a handful of players in this league,” said Erik Spoelstar, “who absolutely strike fear when they raise and, in particular, in the fourth quarter of tight games.”
"There's a collective 'Oh no,' coming from the coaching staff,” Erik Spoelstra further added, “the bench and the players on the court when he breaks free for a three-pointer."
Considering Ray Allen’s set of skills, it will become increasingly for team’s all-over NBA to fight back the guard, when they are already struggle at defending Miami Heat’ star guard Dwyane Wade, as well as forwards Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
"I look forward to that because you have some of the players in the NBA here who can make plays,” said Ray Allen, “can score, can play off the ball, can pass, can do so many different things. That becomes contagious for the rest of the team."