Ray Allen will face his former team, the Boston Celtics, as his new team opens the season. The Miami Heat will host the Celtics on October 30th to open the regular season. Allen will likely not be 100% for that opener, and may have to get treatment on his surgically repaired ankle well into the season. But he will be playing.
According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN's Heat Index, Allen has been working through some discomfort in the ankle. He will alter some of his workouts to make sure he alleviates some of the stress put on the ankle.
Allen is 37 years old and entering his 17th season in the NBA. He recently signed with the Miami Heat rather than returning to Boston where he won an NBA title in the 2007-08 season. Allen has had a long, successful career, an the Heat hope that will carry over to them as they look to repeat as NBA champions.
"I would like to be in better shape, better condition," Allen said. "So, you know, I still have to make sure I don't do too much pounding, because I'm a runner. On off days, I like to run. Right now, I've switched to the bicycle to stay off the pounding as much."
In his career, Allen has averaged exactly 20 points per game. He has also averaged 3.6 assists per game and 4.2 rebounds per game. He has spent the last five seasons as part of the "Big Three" in Boston. Before that, he played for both Seattle and Milwaukee.