LeBron James was “pissed” when the Heat decided to release Mike Miller after he had help them win the 2012-2013 Finals and helped get LeBron his second ring. The heat released Miller to save 17 million dollars in luxury tax, but LeBron was still mad over them cutting Miller. Here’s what Mike Miller learned from LeBron on the situation:
“LeBron thought it was an unnecessary change,” Miller said. “I’m not saying I would have been a difference-maker. San Antonio was unbelievable last year and there are a lot of things that go into a season, but it was difficult for LeBron.”
“It was difficult for all of us. It was difficult for me. I had to uproot my family and move again. It was tough. I think he was disappointed because he understands legacies and he understands what he wants to do in life. That’s what makes him special.”
“It was a tough pill to swallow for both of us,” Miller said. “That team went through a lot. The same thing this team is hoping to go through. You’re going to have ups and downs and you grow close. For me, I had a great relationship with LeBron and still have. It was extremely difficult.
“But it also meant a lot to me to see how much they cared, specifically LeBron and those guys, that I meant so much to them. Because at the end of the day, all you have are your teammates.
The Heat still reached the Finals without Mike Miller, but could he have change the impact of the series. It seems doubtful due to the Spurs dominance that series. We wonder if this was the beginning of the end for LeBron with the Miami Heat.
LeBron is now back with Mike Miller in Cleveland after Miller spent a year with the Memphis Grizzlies.
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