On June 21, 2012, during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the sports world was in awe of a Mitchell native.
Mike Miller, then with the Miami Heat, knocked down seven of eight 3-pointers that night to help close out the Oklahoma City Thunder and help Miami bring home an NBA championship trophy. It was one of Miller's shining moments during his professional basketball career. Miller, who was drafted in the first round - fifth overall - out of the University of Florida, began his NBA career in 2000. He won the 2001 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and the 2006 Sixth Man of the Year honor.
There's no refuting Miller's NBA career has been successful with both individual accolades and becoming a two-time champion. But we wonder, is Miller's career over?
On Tuesday, Miller was waived by the Denver Nuggets, the team he spent the past two seasons with. He's averaged fewer than eight minutes per game each year and has scored under two points per game. Players have explained Miller brings a great locker room presence and is a wonderful teammate. In fact, it was LeBron James who encouraged the Heat to sign Miller as a free agent in 2010.
But now, the 37-year-old is looking for a home for next season, and perhaps there's a team that can utilize his sharpshooting talents and leadership. Last month, Miller was in Sioux Falls and explained he still is focused on playing in the NBA.
If this is the end of Miller's NBA playing days, we wonder what's next for the former Kernel who awed Corn Palace crowds in the mid-1990s.
We wouldn't be surprised if Miller's NBA days continue, but maybe not as a player. Miller's longevity and connections in the league gives him a strong chance at joining a team's front office, or possibly joining a coaching staff.
Following Tuesday's news, we realize this very well could be the last of Miller's playing days in the NBA, so we hope Mitchell fans remember him as an effective starter, later as an impactful role player and his flashes of brilliance on one of the most exciting teams of a generation.