Reggie Miller turns 42 today. His birthday present to himself? Taking it easy.
Miller will stay retired rather than attempt a comeback to the NBA with the Celtics, Miller told the Indianapolis Star late Thursday night.
“That’s it,” Miller told the newspaper. “Physically, I know I could have done it. But mentally, when you do something like this, you’ve either got to be all in or all out. And I’ve decided I’m all out.
“Earlier today (Thursday), I was ready to come back. I was going to do it. But then I flew back here, I thought about it, I talked to a lot of people, and honestly, most people told me I should come back. Charles (Barkley), Mark (Jackson), Doug (Collins), they all said I should do it. And when I was back in Indy this week (for the Peyton Manning charity bowling event), people on the streets, they’d tell me to do it. But as the day went on, I just realized I wasn’t ready mentally to put myself through the grind again.”
Miller said in the report that he wanted people to consider his retirement permanent.
“Please write, I will never, ever, ever try something like this again,” he told the paper jokingly. “Any of the 30 teams in the NBA, if you’re interested, please don’t call.”
Miller is the NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers, one spot ahead of current Celtic Ray Allen. Miller retired in 2005 after 18 seasons with the Pacers, but the trio of Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce piqued his interest in making a return to the league. His hints over a possible return energized a fan base already excited by the off-season additions of Garnett and Allen.
Miller currently works on the NBA’s broadcasts on TNT.