by Micah Hart
With the conclusion of the NBA’s regular season, it means the end of the road for many basketball players. Some will lose their spots to rookies, some will take deals in Europe that might provide more money or stability, and for a few lucky ones, they will go out on their own terms after long and productive careers. Brad Miller is one of those players. Miller has said he will retire after the season, which meant when he checked out of the Timberwolves game against the Nuggets tonight with 5:04 left in the fourth quarter, he was checking out for good. At least he got one last three-pointer to drop before the final curtain:
I can only imagine the emotion of a moment like that, when you are forced to give up the one thing that has been a constant in your life since you were a small child. It’s no wonder we see so many athletes get choked up in these environs.
Congrats on a wonderful career Brad, and congrats as well to other NBA veterans who have likely played their last games, including Ben Wallace, who has said he will call it quits, and perhaps others like Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, or Kurt Thomas, who might choose the same when all is said and done. I’d include Juwan Howard as well, but he appears to be shooting for Jamie Moyer territory at this point.