Going into the NBA Finals, who would have thought that Mike Miller would contribute one of the defining images to the Miami Heat’s Championship? Probably not even the man himself.
He was completely broken, a shadow of what he once was. He was unable to sit on the bench with teammates, instead resorting to constant treatment on his back between appearances to ensure his body did not shut down.
The Heat’s head doctor told Eric Spoelstra each and every day that he was not in a condition to play. Mike Miller refused to let that happen.
After draining seven three pointers in a close out championship game, many believed Miller would go out on the ultimate high and retire. His words after the game more or less confirmed that talk.
However since then, he has made it clear that is nonsense, that he wants to be a part of the dynasty rather than simply a key in helping get it started.
“The plan is to avoid surgery, we’re doing everything we can. The doctor says it looks fantastic. So we’re going to continue to go in that direction, continue to rehab it, see how it goes.”
Miller will meet with Dr Barth Green, who is renowned as one of the best neurosurgeons in the world, and he will all but decide Miller’s future. Should the sharpshooter need surgery on his back, he will consider retirement as it will rule him out for a large portion of the next season. But Miller and Dr Green believe that rest and rehabilitation should be enough to allow him to continue his career.
“But you know what? People that are the best at what they do also know how to do alternatives and what it takes to prevent having surgery. That’s what I liked about him from the get-go. Even though he’s known for being the best as a surgeon, he was trying to avoid it, which is a credit to him.”
Miller has holding a basketball camp in Hialeah, a city north of Miami. He offered a promise to the fans.
“Let’s party again next year”.
We’re hoping that party includes Mike Miller as a player.