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Heat say “Thank you for letting it fly” to Mike Miller with full-page newspaper ad

Jul 18, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

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Mike Miller is popular in Miami — he has played a limited role the last couple regular season, but he has shown up to knock down big threes come the playoffs. Remember the closeout Game 5 against the Thunder in 2012 when he channeled the spirit of Reggie Miller and couldn’t seem to miss?

But the Heat cut Miller loose via the amnesty clause — money wins out over loyalty in the NBA and this move saved the Heat a lot of tax dollars.

But they thanked him with this full page add you see below.


  1. dls612 - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Very classy!!

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    7 for 8… a title clinching performance I won’t soon forget.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I think these “Full Page Thank-Yous” are the only things keeping newspapers in business.

    • sal11 - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      This is one tradition I hope sticks to the old way of doing things. I know in 10 years we’ll see “Golden State pays tribute to Steph Curry with a hologram over the Golden Gate Bridge” and that’s just gonna end in multiple deaths.

  4. acdc363 - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    LOL @ 1972!! This is what the third one this week?!

  5. myspaceyourface - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Why Reggie Miller? Did he even win a title?

  6. dezglobal - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    He was clutch thats for sure.

  7. tmhofficial - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    The best part? The picture is of the shot he drained after losing a shoe.

    They’re going to miss Miller and his floor spacing next May-June. His hot hand, and timely plays like that Offensive board/kick out to Ray Ray in Game 6, is a big reason they’ve won 2 straight.

    • tmhofficial - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Crap, I meant the kick to Lebron on the preceding 3. Still, he’s clutch and was a huge part of their back-to-back ‘ships.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      This may be a long shot, but the timing of this development makes me wonder if they may be planning to try to sign Ian Clark, who just had a very nice week in Orlando. He shot 43% from 3 at college (mid-major, so, yeah, who knows how well they closed out on him), and in Orlando he played PG, though he was a SG in college, and did well enough – showing some defense too – that the Heat asked him to stay with them for Vegas, but he had already committed to Golden State for that phase.

  8. mickdamill - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Time to cut your hair and get a real job!

  9. 23chameleons - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Welcome to Houston Mike ! Help make it another championship year !!

  10. skinsfanwill - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    I wish they would have gotten rid of Ray Allen instead. yeah yeah, he hit a big shot. But if it hadn’t been for his piss poor defense the series would have been over in 5 games. His defensive rotation is so slow it’s pathetic. When Marco Belinelli can drive past you at will then you have to use on the court. And Miami is my team. But Ray’s offense is not worth the burden on defense.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Ray’s defense is definitely below average, but let’s not get caught up in hyperbole. Ray Allen is one of five Heat players who can dribble the ball up the court and initiate the offense; there’s value in that. He also is one of the few players who can take his man off the dribble and get off a good shot going to the basket. Now I didn’t want Mike Miller to get amnestied but you definitely have to keep Ray around on that cheap contract. I thought the move to make was to use the amnesty on Joel Anthony. He can’t crack the rotation anyway and that would save money and open a spot for a replacement big if the Heat can find one.

  11. vi3tguy415 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    really??????????? I thought a thank you ad were supposed to be for a legend. someone that will have his jersey hangs up in the rafter. MILLER IS A SCRUB. all he does is shoot. it’s like telling a girl…go to your corner. I cant believe they had an ad for him. smh

  12. jimmymarlinsfan - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I think this is the Heat’s way of saying, Mikey, if you retire, you have a job with our organization no questions asked

  13. themike31 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Miller definitely has a spot on the all-time “White guys who act like they are in prison so they can survive in the NBA” team.

  14. halfbaht - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Miami taking cheap shots at Boston? At least KG and the Truth deserved their ads. Ads are for legends. Not role players

  15. Bababenny - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I hate the Heat with all of my heart…but that was pretty classy.

  16. thechock305 - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    God, you people need to get a life. The HEAT can put up an ad for whomever they want, legend or otherwise.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:04 AM

      Yes they can, but this choice doesn’t even need that defense. If the Heat organization is the only one that sees a player like him as deserving this kind of recognition – well, it’s just our good fortune to have people like that running our franchise.

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