Tweet of the Night: Steve Kerr doesn’t like the amnestying of Mike Miller

Mike MillerPeople often talk about loyalty and how some players in the NBA don’t have enough of it. How can Ray Allen leave the Boston Celtics to join arch-nemesis Miami Heat? How can Jeremy Lin betray and back stab the New York Knicks after they gave him life? These are the questions fans ask when their players depart for one reason or another.

If the amnestying of Mike Miller on Tuesday by Miami is of any indication, though, the NBA is truly nothing more than a business. The difference is that franchises don’t necessarily get the same kind of scrutiny players receive for doing what’s best for them.

Miller took a backseat for much of the regular season, but stayed ready and played key-minutes in the playoffs – when it mattered the most – to help the Heat capture their second consecutive championship in 2013. He provided plenty of memorable moments along the way, such as this one:

The reasoning behind using the amnesty provision on Miller is certainly understandable from a financial standpoint – the team would save millions of dollars in the next couple of seasons by making the cost-cutting move.

From a loyalty standpoint, this is quite a disservice. Miller made enough of an impact this season to say that he was an integral part of what the Heat needed from the bench in order to beat the San Antonio Spurs in seven games in the Finals. His ability to stretch the floor was a game-changer (for LeBron James in particular), and he was just good enough as a defender and rebounder to warrant leaving him in the game for long stretches to spell Dwyane Wade. For his contributions, Miller has been asked to pack his bags.

Some may argue that Miller will still get paid by the team so he should be just fine, but it’s not always about money. This is different than the Los Angeles Lakers’ decision to amnesty Metta World Peace – who helped them win a championship a few seasons ago – because they are coming off a dreadful postseason and changes were necessary after losing their bid for Dwight Howard. Again, the Heat just won a championship. It’s a shame, but this is simply – and unfortunately – the business aspect of the league. Here is what TNT analyst Steve Kerr had to say about the matter:

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  1. says

    Really hate this move,especially after Riley said they’re keeping ALL! So Many teams after winning a title gets rid of players to save money, and end up w/ disappointing seasons!

  2. Chitty says

    By the way, I like Mike Miller A LOT. Without his play in several games over the years, Miami would probably have only one championship — and you can say the same of several other player’s contributions, too. That’s their job. No one person ever won a championship, no matter how good they were (LeBron is Cleveland is the most recent proof). Would Miller like to be around for a probable 3-peat? Who wouldn’t? You can look at Miller’s situation (and the team’s) from several angles. Miller isn’t 20-something anymore and he’s been physically hurting. A year off may allow him to finish healing and come back stronger. It will also give him time to spend with his family, which includes his recovering child. He’s got a guaranteed salary and will get 12 million over the next two years. And here’s the capper; although he cannot be re-signed by the Heat this upcoming season, if healthy, he will be eligible to rejoin the Heat for the 2015 season to try for a 4-PEAT! It may be wishful thinking, but I’d LOVE to see that.

  3. Chitty says

    I am so sick of hearing about “loyalty”. Sure, there is some degree of loyalty — or the lack of it — in virtually every workplace. The problem is that loyalty means a lot of different things to different people. I can’t fathom how anyone could ever say that LeBron wasn’t “loyal” to Cleveland; hell, he gave them seven of the best years of his life, lifting them out of the bowels of hell, putting Cleveland and Ohioans on the map for the first time since…when? And where was THEIR loyalty to himm over the seven years? Did they surround him with the players that could help him win? Instead of them being loyal to HIM, they grouse and complain that he left the futility of that franchise anfter SEVEN LONG, HARD, DISAPPOINTING YEARS! The only reason they have a halfway decent team and an upbeat future is because he went there and stayed so long. Cavalier fans and management are INGRATES in my opinion. They USED him. I’m just glad he finally left that hell-hole and righted his career.

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