Mike Miller says he will be ready for training camp after almost retiring due to major back injuries he suffered from for most of the 2011-2012 season.
Miller made seven three pointers in the closeout game of the 2012 NBA Finals even though he could barely stand, walk, or defend any player on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Miller was strongly considering retirement after winning his first championship and having to deal with a list full of injuries since signing with the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010.
Miller played in just 41 games during the 2010-2011 season and played in just 39 games in the 2011-2012 season as he battled injuries to his right thumb, ankle, and back. Miller is the fourth highest paid player on the Heat roster but has yet to play through the majority of a regular season. With the additions of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis along with the sharp shooting of Shane Battier, Miller does not have to rush back to play for the Heat.
Miller will have to compete for playing time with all three players because they all play similar positions, and are among the Heat’s purest and best shooters with the exception of sharp shooter James Jones.
It was rumored over the summer that the Heat would use the amnesty clause on Miller in order to create more roster space and cap room to possibly sign Allen and bring a veteran big man. It is a luxury that the Heat were able to keep Miller and sign Allen.
Miller went into training camp last year recovering from injury and as the Heat’s best shooter, now he will enter training camp recovering from injury but it is debatable if he is still the team’s best shooter.