The moment caught Chris Bosh by surprise. During the 2011 NBA Playoffs, Bosh learned up close Ray Allen is far from being just a spot-up shooter. Allen, then a member of the Boston Celtics, received a pass on the baseline and then dunked in the face of Bosh. The play caused TNT announcer Kevin Harlan to say, "You don't see it often but when he elevates, the 35-year-old Ray Allen can rock the rim." "He'll sneak you sometimes," Bosh said. "Yea, it surprised me. I thought he was going to lay it up. I was like, 'I don't know what this dude does but I need to take some tips from him."' The consensus among analysts is Allen is expected to only bolster the Miami Heat's 3-point shooting, but he is set on helping in other areas. At 37, he feels he is still capable of making the plays that once made him one of the league's most feared scorers, on the perimeter and interior. "It's amazing to see Ray Allen," guard Dwyane Wade said. "He's still athletic in a sense. He can still get up and dunk the ball. He can still do a lot of things around the basket." The Heat will explore options to prevent Allen from being solely a 3-point threat. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said they will use Allen in a variety of ways. His role has yet to be defined as the Heat staff continues to brainstorm how to utilize their prize offseason acquisition. At the moment, Allen has no concerns about shooting 26 percent from the arc in the preseason. He says he's more worried about other areas of his game. "I can still put the ball on the floor, go to hole, make the pass," Allen said. "I shoot 3s but I try to get to the hoop as much as I can."
Ray Allen set on contributing in areas beyond 3-point line
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Oct 20