Heat G Miller says he has tough decision to make
Mike Miller showed how tough he is while playing through
injuries all season. Now he needs to make a tough decision about
Miller plans to meet with doctors soon to determine if his
injured back needs surgery that includes a lengthy rehabilitation
process. The Miami Heat guard also played with a foot problem this
season, and typically declines to discuss his injury woes in any
specifics other than saying he’s well enough to play.
Miller set an NBA Finals record by making seven 3-pointers as a
reserve in Miami’s title-clinching win over Oklahoma City on
Thursday night. He limped with nearly every step while scoring 23
points in 23 minutes – Miami won the game 121-106, taking the
series with the Thunder in five games – and Miller raised the
possibility afterward that the final game of this season may have
been the final game of his career.
”It’s been a roller coaster ride for everybody,” said Miller,
who has three years and $18.6 million remaining on his contract
with the Heat. ”Everyone is dealing with something. Through the
injuries, I’m just glad they didn’t take me back to the barn and
put me down. I’m just happy to be here.”
On Monday, he’ll be at a championship parade. City officials
announced the event celebrating the Heat title would begin at 11
a.m. Monday, with about 90 minutes needed to complete the
Since signing with the Heat two years ago, Miller has dealt with
a slew of thumb, ankle and shoulder injuries, plus needed surgery
before this season to correct a hernia issue. There were many times
this season when back pain prevented him from sitting on the bench;
he’d either sit on the court, or sprawl out on the baseline or
sideline to keep his back stretched.
”Mike Miller, I don’t know how this guy was playing,” Heat
coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Miller is not the only Miami sharpshooter who is weighing his
future options. Miami native James Jones said he is not absolutely
certain about returning next year when the Heat try to defend their
Like Miller, Jones also has dealt with some injury problems in
”I really couldn’t tell you what the future holds for me,”
Jones said. ”Growing up in Miami and playing basketball on the
biggest stage with the world’s best team and have an opportunity to
win a championship is something that I never believed would come
true. Now that it has come true, I don’t know. Who wouldn’t want to
go out on top?
”It’s great to have options,” Jones added. ”That’s the one
thing about it. For the last 31 years of my life I’ve been grinding
every day trying to take a championship on some level and I got it.
Now that’s a dream fulfilled and I’ll have to move onto the next
challenge. If that’s championship No. 2, it’s championship No. 2.
If not, it’s been a great run.”
Combined, Miller (53) and Jones (46) made 99 3-pointers for the
Heat this season.
Miller said he was still thrilled that Heat owner Micky Arison
and team president Pat Riley wanted him in Miami two years ago,
adding that whatever decision he makes will be with the team in
”I’ve got to make the best decision, not only for the
organization, for the players that work every night, for the
Arisons who believed in me, for coach Riley for bringing me here,
and then my family,” Miller said. ”Just got to make sure it’s the
best one. If it is, I couldn’t picture a better point to go out on
top like this as a champion. But we’ll see. We’ll visit the doctors
and see what parts work and don’t, and go from there.”
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