We've all heard by now how much Bron resented the cost cutting move of releasing Mike Miller. If not heres a quick quote about how much his presence was missed.
Yeah, he was just that stable guy, I mean, Mike, everything that he went through, both injuries and being in and out of the lineups, and not one day did he ever come to work with an 'I don't want to be here' attitude. Like never. And we all respected that. And for a guy like that who's done so much in his career, to come in with that mindset every day, we all saw that.
Now Bron is reportedly recruiting the guy again to follow him to Cleveland. When the 2 first hooked up in Miami, Bron called him a "good friend". Hes real close with Udonis Haslem too but they were roommates at the U.
About 10 years ago, another superstar was enamored with the country boy from a small town.
Heres an interview with that superstar:
That man (TM) is none other than Tracy McGrady. He was out celebrating Mike Miller's B-Day when he got word of the trade that sent his best friend to Memphis:Not everyone knows how good of friends you are with Mike Miller. Can you speak to your friendship and the trade rumors that surrounded him earlier this year and in the offseason?
TM: We are good friends off the court. I call Mike my little white brother. They trade Mike Miller, I’m retiring. Simple as that. (Laughs)
"Mike is my man," McGrady said. "That's like my brother, man. And he's no longer with me. I'm telling you right now: I'm going to be hard on these guys, man. "I swear to God, too, because Mike is my dude, man. I'm going to be hard on these guys."
More to the story:
Orlando Magic Coach Doc Rivers hung up on Tracy McGrady and called back two times. The coach wanted confirmation from his superstar.
"Tracy, you're taking us to the playoffs." Click.
"You're taking us to the playoffs." Click.
On the third call, after McGrady had fretted enough over losing Mike Miller, he picked up the phone, held it from his ear and paused. Then, McGrady spoke before Rivers could.
"I'm taking us to the playoffs." And McGrady hung up.
McGrady stopped feeling sorry for himself late Wednesday night. Miller, his best friend on the team, had been traded to Memphis. That's life. Time to move on.
Tmac wound up playing the best 2nd half of basketball I've ever witnessed, averaging something ridiculous like 33-6-6 on elite efficiency, Rivers joked that he should trade all of his friends if it brings out the best in him.
Weird idea for a thread but these days are slow. Mike Miller is apparently a cool mofo, I just wonder what makes him so awesome.