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|An Indiana Pacers uniform will be the only one that retired guard Reggie Miller ever wears on an NBA court. (Photo Courtesy of espn.starwave.com)|
According to Bob Kravitz of the Indy Star, retired guard Reggie Miller has decided to not join the Celtics this season, instead deciding to stay away from the NBA for good. He told Kravitz via phone that he knew his body was ready for the season, but mentally he was not 100% committed to a return. His mind, according to Kravitz, was the deciding factor.
Miller called Celts GM Danny Ainge to report the news early Thursday night.
Miller played 18 seasons in the NBA, all with the Pacers, before retiring in 2005 as the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers. Miller’s interest in a comeback was “piqued” when the Celts acquired all-star guard Ray Allen and superstar forward Kevin Garnett to play with captain Paul Pierce. The star power was not enough however, as Miller decided to hang it up for good.
From Miller himself:
“That’s it. Physically, I know I could have done it. But mentally, when you do something like this, you’ve either got to be all in or all out. And I’ve decided I’m all out.
“Earlier today (Thursday), I was ready to come back. I was going to do it. But then I flew back here, I thought about it, I talked to a lot of people, and honestly, most people told me I should come back. Charles (Barkley), Mark (Jackson), Doug (Collins), they all said I should do it. And when I was back in Indy this week for the Peyton (Manning charity bowling event), people on the streets, they’d tell me to do it.
“But as the day went on, I just realized I wasn’t ready mentally to put myself through the grind again.
“I’ve been wrestling with it all day. I’m still wrestling with it. A part of me, a big part of me, knew I could do it. It’s been very, very tough. But now I have to live with it.
“So never, ever, ever again. If anybody is ever interested in me playing again, please don’t call.”
With Miller out of the picture, the C’s are still in need of a free agent veteran guard to sure up their back court depth. There are still a few options out there, and Ainge will need to get back on the phones once again.