Pacers legend Reggie Miller joined the Dan Patrick Display on Wednesday to converse all items NBA Playoffs — alongside with a dialogue about what could have been when Miller’s times with Indiana have been completed.
The Hall of Famer had been retired for two seasons when he obtained a phone from Celtics president Danny Ainge with an offer to arrive perform in Boston. Miller turned it down.
At the time, he mentioned it was since life on the road would’ve been also tricky. Later on, he reported there would not have been sufficient time to get into shape.
But he admitted to Patrick that there was a sense of loyalty there, as well. The 2008 Celtics went on to get an NBA title.
“If you understood that they ended up heading to get a championship,” Patrick questioned, “Would you have arrive back again to play?”
“I couldn’t do it, mainly because of all the tears I get rid of in Indiana, with that supporter base,” Miller stated. “We cried jointly on all these hurtful Knicks losses, Bulls losses, Lakers losses in the finals. It wouldn’t be honest for me to be on a podium or a stage poppin’ (bubbly) due to the fact I received my one championship. In Indiana, we grew up collectively, we had the heartaches collectively. I cannot be sipping champagne and finding a ring (when) I failed to do it for y’all. That’s just my mentality. That is my pondering. I’m not saying it truly is proper. Men and women on Twitter will go ridiculous that I failed to get a championship. Okay, I’m amazing with that. But at least I went down swinging and combating. That is what I am a lot more proud of.”
Miller finished his NBA Corridor of Fame vocation as a 5-time All-Star and 25,279 points (22nd all-time). He was named to the NBA 75th anniversary staff.
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