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Three months. To hear Reggie Miller tell it, that was the difference between a comeback with the Celtics and a continuing career in broadcasting.
In August 2007, Celtics president Danny Ainge tried to coax Miller out of retirement. He saw Miller as a secondary scorer, someone who could make shots when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were double-teamed.
During a week of intense training, the then-42-year-old Miller shared the same vision. The former Pacers shooting guard went through two workouts a day, trying to will his body back into shape with five hours of basketball and conditioning drills.
But as enticing as the Celtics’ offer was, Miller quickly concluded that the final buzzer had sounded on his playing days.