Celtics call Miller, who is considering return to NBA
By J.A. Adande
Reggie Miller says he is contemplating a return to the NBA, this time with the Boston Celtics.
Miller, who turns 42 on Aug. 24, played his entire 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers before retiring in 2005. Since his playing days ended he has worked as a television analyst for TNT."I'm always flattered when my name is mentioned as someone who can still help an NBA team win a championship," Miller said Wednesday in a statement relayed to The Associated Press by the TNT network. "I've had li mited discussions with Celtics management about their roster and a potential role for me. At this time, I'm enjoying my role as an analyst with TNT."
Miller was all set to continue that job when Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers asked him to think about joining their revamped team in a reserve role, playing about 15 minutes per game.
"[I have] contacted Reggie and he is contemplating a comeback with us," Ainge told The Associated Press through a team spokesman.
Miller said he is calling friends and peers, seeking their advice and listening to their feedback before he makes his decision. He still plays recreationally, but must determine if he wants to go through the physical and mental grind of an 82-game season. He also wonders how his body would respond to the intensive training it would take to get him back to NBA shape.
The lure of playing in Boston is simple: with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen added to Paul Pierce, the Celtics feel they have a shot at an NBA championship. Like those three players, the only thing missing from Miller's list of accomplishments is a championship ring. Miller, a five-time NBA All-Star, is seventh on the all-time list of games played with 1,323. He is 13th in scoring (25,279) and holds the NBA record for the most made 3-pointers in NBA history with 2,560. Since the Celtics' trades that brought in Allen and Garnett, the team has been filling out its roster with less heralded players, including guard Eddie House and center Scot Pollard.
I'm a big Pacer/Reggie Miller fan and as much as I would love to see my idol on the floor again, I don't think this is a good idea for the already 42 year-old veteran. He's been regarded as one of the best pure shooters in his time and not until the end of his career, this has been proven otherwise. So my question is, why tarnish a stellar career? I think this decision all boils down to legacy or gold... would you exchange your legacy as one of the best just to get one of those rings? Damn, will all the money in the world, he can have somebody make him one! Y eah I know! I know! It's different but what is the assurance he'll actually get one? Yeah the Celtics, now with the addition of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen is now the team to beat but that doesn't assure a championship. Look at Kobe-Shaq Lakers VS Detroit, Dirk VS Golden State, Shaq and Wade's 2007 Heat... Getting a championship is not by how strong your team is but by how you unite as a team. It's not about the players, it's about the team. So I think Reggie should stay retired and not do another Jordan move. Less be called a poor-man's Jordan yet again.
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