There's no shaking that smile.
Other than some frustration with South Florida's traffic snafus, Ray Allen has taken to his new home quite nicely since signing a one-year deal plus a player option in July.
That comfort and contentment was evident again after Monday night's 124-99 rout of the Suns.
Told that he had produced the night's stat line—15 points, six rebounds, six assists—only once in his five seasons in Boston, Allen replied to reporters:
"I'm glad I'm in Florida."
The Heat's glad to have him, as he's averaging 15.5 points on 57.6 percent shooting in an average of 28.5 minutes through his first four games. Further, he's gotten a chance to show off more of his floor game than he did last season with the Celtics.
Nor is there any cause to expect his strong play to abate. He has a chance to become the first Heat player in 25 years to challenge for the Sixth Man of the Year award.
(Note: All quotes in this piece are from individual or group interviews that the author participated in.)