I wasn’t shocked when former Pacers’ star Reggie Miller decided NOT to come out of retirement and play for the Celtics. I was a bit surprised though. When I talked to him the week before on the radio show, he sounded fired up. I mean, Kevin Garnett walked in during the interview to pick Reg up to go work out. KG wanted it, it sounded like Reg wanted it if he was physically able to do it.
The funny thing was, Reggie said he wasn’t mentally ready to commit to the comeback. I thought it might be the other way around and the physical part would prevent his return, but no. Was it the grind of the NBA season or the thought of giving up his chair on the TNT show…a great gig?
I think Reg is pretty secure with his NBA career and what he did on the court, but you cannot fault an athlete for considering taking another shot at getting that ring. Look at Dan Marino and how he’s percieved. Reggie will always be in that league of great players who don’t have rings. I’m sure he’s sick of hearing that one. With Marino, what if he had a ring or two….he would be right on that top level with Montana and Elway. His numbers are. His ability as a QB was.
With Reggie, a guy I like and respect a ton, I don’t think he could do anything half-baked. If it wasn’t something he could commit to all the way, than there was no way to do it.
Let me know what you think, is the media too harsh on star players who don’t have a championship ring? Give me your thoughts…