Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida
By Charlie McCarthy  |  Last updated 3/21/14
MIAMI -- Nearly five months after an opening night ring ceremony honored last year's NBA champions, former Miami Heat swingman Mike Miller received his jewelry before Friday night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Miller, who signed with the Grizzlies as a free agent during the offseason, was a valuable player off the bench for the Heat the previous three seasons, including two league titles. In between the singing of the Star Spangled Banner and player introductions, a brief video dedicated to Miller played on the screens above midcourt. The presentation showed highlights of the 3-point-shot specialist with the Heat -- including when he lost his sneaker and then sank a trey during Game 6 vs. San Antonio in the NBA Finals. The video concluded with the words, "Mike: Thank you for letting it fly!" The Heat team then rushed Miller and surrounded their ex-teammate near midcourt. After receiving pats and hugs from the players, Miller darted toward the Miami bench and greeted members of the coaching and training staffs. Miller then ran to midcourt to receive his championship ring from Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, before dashing over to slap hands and hug Heat owner Micky Arison. Upon returning to the Grizzlies bench area, Miller handed the boxed ring to Zach Randolph and petted the prize as if to tease the Memphis forward. Miller, who played at Florida, averaged 4.8 points 2.7 rebound and 1.7 assets last season. He played three years with Miami, winning two NBA titles. The guard-forward entered the game averaging 6.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.6 minutes this season with Memphis. He was fifth in the league shooting 44.9 percent from 3-point range. You can follow Charlie McCarthy on Twitter @mccarthy_chas or email him at mac1763@bellsouth.net.
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