Ray Allen is now a two-time NBA Champion and had it not been for his Game 6 heroics, the Heat might not have won their second consecutive NBA Championship. Heat forward and co-captain Udonis Haslem said he had a conversation with Allen after Game 7 on Thursday about coming back for the 2013-14 season.
“I put the bug in his ear in the shower after the game,” Haslem said, via ESPN.com. “I told him, ‘I’m not going to put no pressure on you. I’m not going to ask you what you’re going to do. But just know that I’m thinking about what you’re going to do.’ ”
Haslem said that Allen didn’t give him any indication one way or the other as the Heat celebrated their second Larry O’Brien Trophy.
“I don’t know if that’s good or bad,” Haslem said.
Erik Spoelstra is giving Allen a few days before trying to convince him to stay and played up the importance of Allen to their championship run.
“We think the ultimate recruiting pitch is what we just did,” Spoelstra said. “But we won’t take that for granted. There will certainly be communication between us and Ray. He was such an important piece of what we did. We think even if it was just that one shot, it was worth it. There were so many things that he provided. And he fit. His personality fit. His professionalism fit. He helped guys get better.”
“He’s coming back,” center Chris Bosh predicted. “There’s really nothing else to think about. We respect each others’ space, but there’s only one decision to make. So it’s easy.”