MIAMI Ray Allens number never will hang above the parquet floor.
That became assured when Allen, who had played in Boston for five eventful seasons and helped the Celtics to the 2008 title, bolted to sign with rival Miami as a free agent. But hows this for a way for Heat president Pat Riley to welcome Allen, whose emotions clearly have been torn, to his new city?
We hope (Allen) ends his career here, and we hope that we can be the one that hangs his number up in our rafters, Riley said Wednesday, when the Heat signed and introduced Allen and fellow free-agent signee Rashard Lewis as the latest big names in his stable.
Why wouldnt Riley do that if Allens Heat tenure turns out well? He retired Michael Jordans No. 23, and he never played a game for Miami.
If Allens jersey ever is hoisted to the rafters at AmericanAirlines Arena, it wouldnt be the No. 20 he wore in Boston from 2007-12. It would be the No. 34 he also donned in Milwaukee and Seattle from 1996-2007.
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