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Former player Malik Allen joins Miami Heat coaching staff

Allen will replace Juwan Howard, who left to coach the University of Michigan.

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The Miami Heat is bringing back former player Malik Allen to rejoin the franchise as an assistant coach under head coach Erik Spoelstra. Allen, a 10-year NBA veteran, played for the Heat from 2001-2005 and averaged a career-high in points (9.6) and rebounds (5.3) as a during the 2002-03 season.

“I am excited to welcome Malik back to the HEAT family,” said HEAT Head Coach Erik Spoelstra. “We have always loved and respected his work ethic and passion for the game, he has Miami HEAT DNA. Malik has been committed to learning and improving at this craft of coaching the last five years and we look forward to him being an impactful addition to our staff.”

Allen was an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons from 2014-18 and with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season. There was an opening in the Heat’s coaching staff after assistant coach Juwan Howard left the team this offseason to be the head coach at the University of Michigan.

The Heat’s official press release has more info on Allen’s NBA career:

Allen, who originally signed with the HEAT as a player on July 20, 2001, appeared in 151 games (81 starts) with Miami averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 22.1 minutes while shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 80.3 percent from the foul line. The 10-year veteran appeared in 478 career NBA games (125 starts) and averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.2 minutes while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the foul line. Additionally, he made the postseason in six of his 10 seasons, including an appearance in the 2004 Eastern Conference Semifinals with Miami.