Miller Addresses Pacers Rumors

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Pacers fans with designs on another Hoosier legend returning home to help continue the revitalization of the franchise are holding out hope that Reggie Miller will do the honors.

Whether or not the legendary Pacers sharpshooter and current TNT analyst is headed back to Indianapolis as a general manager or in another front office capacity remains to be seen. Miller addressed the situation this afternoon in a statement given to NBA.com, leaving the door open for a possible return to the franchise, city and state he called home during his storied 18-year NBA career:

“After playing my entire 18-year career and spending the better part of my adult life affiliated with the Pacers; I’m honored to be mentioned as someone Mr. Simon, whom I respect a great deal, would consider for such an important role within the organization. I have had no formal discussions or meetings at this time with Mr. Simon or Pacers management.”

Yahoo! Sports report last week suggested that Miller would be one of the candidates Pacers owner Herb Simon would pursue to replace Larry Bird as head of the Pacers’ basketball operations.

Miller played under Bird when the Pacers reached the NBA Finals in 2000. Bird was in the Pacers’ front office when Miller’s playing career ended five years later, so there is a connection. The idea of Miller and Bird working side by side is not far-fetched.

Bird did tell the Boston Globe in June that he was ready to clear out his office but came back as a favor to Simon. He later told the Indianapolis Star that he was taking things “one year at a time.”

The notion of yet another Indiana hoops legends coming back to the fold was not lost on Pacers fans, who voiced plenty of opinions about the prospect of Miller coming back “home”. The Pacers have been down this road before. They hired both Bird and Isiah Thomas to coach the team without previous coaching experience in the league, or anywhere else for that matter.

Having lived in Indianapolis, covering Miller during the twilight of his Pacers career, I can attest to the energy the arrival an icon of his ilk could have on the Pacers’ fan base.

And if I’m reading his statement correctly, Miller didn’t say he would never entertain the idea of returning to the Pacers. He only said that these rumors of an imminent return are just that, rumors.

15 Comments

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  2. Professional Athletes David says:

    Miller is indeed a great guy inside and outside the court. He really made an impression of being a good sharp shooter that his teammates are counting on him in every game. The team really need Reggie back on the court not on the office.

  3. Gwoei says:

    they should hire Jalen Rose

  4. jer says:

    Go for it Reggie. I support you

  5. Kay Roe says:

    REGGIE REGGIE Please com e back in any capac ity you want too we miss you so much

  6. rivend says:

    To watcher,

    The amount of respect miller had in the pacers organisation and community is something outsiders cannot comprehend. You can’t compare miller coming back to the pacers to the other greats coming to the game.
    It looks to be a good deal to follow up on the playoff run and me for sure looks forward to what miller can offer

  7. watcher says:

    If you’re a former Pacer doing color commentary then it follows that you’re qualified to coach (GSW) or run a team from the front office despite having no experience whatsoever. Seriously, if that’s gonna revitalize the Pacer faithful then I feel sorry for them. Look at how MJ has got those Bobcats a rockin’. Apart from gimmick value, this seems like a clueless move to me.

  8. Tommohawk says:

    Cherryl would be a better option

  9. celticsbabyyaaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

    LOL reggie was too out of shape to join the celtics’ 2008 championship team. Now he’s 3 years older. No way he’s returning to court.

  10. I think they are more in need of help on the court than they are on the front office. I doubt he will play again but I say bring him back as a shooting coach

  11. dirkriel says:

    Sign reggie Miller 1 year deal, they need a clutch shooter…

  12. I4sun says:

    Pacers need a new sharpshooter, who can do dirty little things and also not getting caught, but close to 100% in wide open 3 pointers.

  13. Henry says:

    He should come back and play! Dude looks young and they could use that outside threat!

  14. mohamed says:

    miller time, reggie is a great guy. if the pacers get him to run the office weather side by side or not, its a win situation for them.