From ESPN News:
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 limited 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.
A few thought-bullets:
- Fuck. That. Shit.
- If this goes down, we're bringing back John Starks. I saw him handle a ball a couple weeks ago, and he looks like he could still get up and down the floor a bit...and maybe deliver the occasional headbutt.
- The Celtics do appear to be trying to reignite the Boston-NY rivalry. As someone who most vividly recalls the Knicks-Heat battles, bringing back Jamal Mashburn or Tim Hardaway would be the nail in the coffin.
- Reggie Miller and I have pretty much the same job these days: talking about basketball. With that assumed, imagine if I could watch the league from afar and then all of a sudden say, "Shit, the Celtics are gonna be good this year. I think I'll play for them." I think I'm going to give that a try this season. The T-Wolves could use me off the bench.
- Going along with the theme from the title, I'm thinking that if Reggie ever does play against the Knicks again, we should probably assign Renaldo "Predator" Balkman to guard him.