Two-time NBA champion Mike Miller swishes three pointer after three pointer in Memphis Grizzlies' training camp and the Grizzlies see more than just a potent outside threat. They see a veteran that is a piece to the puzzle that can help them ascend to the top and past the Western Conference Finals. Miller, being quite humble, just wants to remain healthy and fit in.
As reported by Associated Press Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker through Yahoo! Sports, Miller played an average of 15.2 minutes per game in 59 games last season for Miami. He was limited by injuries, but he was healthy in the postseason. Oklahoma City, Houston and Denver all wanted the services of Miller, but the Grizzlies won out in July, getting a bargain with the Miami Heat.
Although Miller hasn't played for the Grizzlies since 2008, he still hold the franchise record for three pointers made, attempted and percentage. He said his number one objective in training camp is to remain healthy and get back into playing shape.
''This situation's a little different,'' Miller said. ''Obviously I've moved around from team to team, but just learning the guys, learning what the coach wants from you, learning how we're going to play and how the players around you like to play.''Miller is expected to bolster the Grizzlies poor offense and three point shooting from last season. They averaged only 93.4 points per game and shot 34.5 percent from three-point range, which ranked 24th in the league.
Head coach David Joerger said he'll be monitoring minutes not only for Mille, but loves his professionalism, basketball IQ and playoff experience.
''He can play three or four positions for us,'' Joerger said. ''It's another guy that has some rings on him and playoff experience. We just got to keep him healthy and have him ready at the end.''Miller has played for five teams during his 13 year career. He has averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He is a career 40.6 percent shooter from beyond the three-point arc.