Mitchell native Mike Miller is close to joining the University of Memphis men's basketball coaching staff, according to multiple media outlets.
New Memphis coach Penny Hardaway and Miller met on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of Miller joining Hardaway's staff at Memphis, Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reported.
According to The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, "Miller met with Hardaway last month about becoming an assistant coach for the Tigers, starting next season." Hardaway was hired as the Memphis head coach on March 19 and Hardaway played for the Tigers in the early 1990's.
The Commercial Appeal also reports over the past week, "Miller also fielded interest from Florida, the school he starred at in college; TCU, the school his older brother (Ryan) currently works at as an assistant coach; and Louisville."
Miller, 38, finished playing in the NBA after the 2016-17 season. He played for 17 seasons and for seven different teams, winning two NBA titles with the Miami Heat. Miller had two stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and played seven combined seasons for the franchise. He won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2006 for the Grizzlies.
Miller and his family currently reside in Memphis. Miller's oldest son, Mason, just finished his freshman season at Houston High School in Memphis. The 6-foot-6 Mason plays for Miller's M33M AAU team, which is based out of Memphis.
"I truly think Memphis is home for me. That's why I came here," Mike Miller told The Commercial Appeal on Monday. "But at the same time, I'm going to continue to do what's best for my family. Anything I do is going to put them first. If there's an opportunity for me tomorrow and my family is happy with it, it might be tomorrow. It's got to fit for everybody."
"One thing about where I've been, and I've been fortunate to be part of basketball my entire life, I'm not going to rush into anything now."