Mike Miller deserves to stay


Mike Miller is your father's old classic ‘67 Chevrolet Camaro, the one you admired as a child.

The sleek look, and smooth ride is what made it unique and fascinating, but it's gotten older. That once immaculate vehicle is screaming for replacement parts, and a new paint job. The ride's not as consistent anymore, but there are times in which it reminds you of an older time, when it gets you from A to Z in the most crucial situations. It's been with you and the family for years, and you just can't bare to part with it, as the good outweighs the bad.

For Mike Miller this is so. As he approaches 33 years of age, the former rookie of the year's best seasons seem behind him. In the 2012-2013 NBA basketball season, Miller played in 59 games, for about 15.4 minutes per game, averaging 4.8 points per game, 2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.

While his numbers have been less then stellar since joining the Heat in the 2010-2011 season, Miller has come through when needed the most. They say you can't measure heart and in this case it's true. When Mike Miller takes to the basketball court he gives it his all, no matter what his condition. He dives for loose balls, boxes out for rebounds, and when the clock starts ticking down and he's in position he knocks down essential buckets. This was evident in Game 5 vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder only one year ago when Miller sealed the Heat's championship with a 23-point game performance. Obviously, the Heat players and coaching staff took note of this uncanny feat as Miller started 3 games in the 2013 NBA Finals. While not as spectacular as times in the past Miller's presence was felt, even with only one shoe on.

With the amnesty talk heating up around the league most regard amnestying Miller as foolish, and they would be right. A good role player is difficult to find nowadays, especially one who's added so much to your team in the past. Miller has been with the team in their last three Finals appearances, making it obvious that he's doing the right things to help this squadron of talented players.

It's also worth making aware the chemistry Mike Miller has with many of the players on the team. Miller was roommates with Udonis Haslem during their time as Florida Gators, is good friends with LeBron James (as made public in the media) and was teammates with Shane Battier in Memphis. That being said it's clear that Miller is the perfect fit for this team and doesn't deserve to be amnestied. He's paid his dues and earned his place. Like every good gunslinger, Mike Miller deserves to have his say as to when his last bullet is fired, and ride off into the Miami sunset.

By Brandon DiPerno

This is a fan-created post on The opinions here are not necessarily those shared by the editorial staff at Hot Hot Hoops.

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