Twelve of the Heat's current players received rings on Tuesday night. Two of those who did not were plotting during the ceremony on how to get their own.
While the majority of the Heat's players were standing in full view on the court's baseline and enjoying the party-like atmosphere, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis were out of sight, away from their teammates and giving each other pep talks minutes before their debuts with the Heat.
Established starters for the majority of their careers, Allen and Lewis are now fixtures on the Heat's second platoon. Allen is Dwyane Wade's backup, and Lewis is essentially a second-unit version of Shane Battier. These are new roles for the veterans but, the way they see it, no less important than the starting jobs they have had with former teams.
So as LeBron James, Wade and Chris Bosh smiled for the cameras with their new jewelry, Allen and Lewis were talking about coming off the bench for the defending champions. Depth has been a problem in the past for the Heat, but the additions of Allen and Lewis has given Heat coach Erik Spoelstra more flexibility with his lineup.
"We just sat over there and talked about the bench and how we got to be one of the best benches in the league," Lewis said. "We got to come in the game and keep building leads and create leads and not lose any leads once our first unit comes off the floor."
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Miami Heat's Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis embrace new roles
Miami Herald | Nov 1