Ray Allen was in tears the last time he visited AmericanAirlines Arena, his Boston Celtics having been ousted by the Heat in the deciding game of the Eastern Conference finals.

When he returned last Thursday to hear the Heat's recruiting pitch, Allen felt a comfort level and connection — the type of feelings Heat president Pat Riley routinely seems to engender when he meets with free agents.

"Pat's a guy after my own heart," Allen said Wednesday, the first day NBA rules allowed him to make official his move from Boston to Miami. "Very disarming guy. We talked over the course of that day for four or five hours" — covering topics ranging from basketball philosophy to books to movies.