Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 6/25/12
MIAMI If his dramatic finish to the NBA Finals was the last game of his career, Mike Miller can live with that. If thats the one thing Im remembered for, Ive fooled a bunch of people, Miller said about scoring 23 points in 23 minutes last Thursday when Miami eliminated Oklahoma City to win the Finals 4-1. The Heat swingman said after Mondays championship parade he could know more soon about whether heath problems might force him to retire. He said its 50-50 he will need back surgery for a bulging disk, and he expects to see a doctor later this week for an MRI. It will be hard for me to walk away, but at the same time I got to make the right decision, said Miller, a 12-year veteran who starred at the University of Florida. I want to be able to play with my kids at some point. Millers back really was hurting during the playoffs, but he was vague about it because he didnt want to be shut down, so I didnt let them dig too far into it. If his back checks out, Miller would like to return next season to the Heat. Im going to play as long as I can, said Miller, who also was scheduled Monday to have an exit physical. If (the back is) something that can be fixed and I can play, Im going to play. But there are a lot of variables. Whats best for everybody, I got to really seriously take a long look at that. Miller has three years and 18.6 million left on a five-year, 29 million contract he signed before last season. Its possible the Heat could amnesty Miller during the allowed July 1-7 period, which would result in him get all his remaining money and the Heat being able to remove him from salary-cap and luxury-tax considerations. According to the new collective bargaining agreement signed before this season, teams can amnesty one player during the life of the CBA who was on the roster when the rule was enacted. If the amnesty rule isnt used by the Heat next week, they could use it next year or after then. For sure, were going to have discussions, Miller said about talking to Heat officials before the upcoming amnesty period expires. They may want to amnesty me anyhow. Who knows? Its just the way this business is. Im just happy I was able to be part of this. If Miller is not an amnesty victim and he no longer can play, other options could include Miller being bought out or league doctors eventually ruling he's permanently disabled, and some of his money later could come off Miami's books. Miller joked hes simply an old man. But he sure didnt look like one last Thursday. Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Cam Newton won’t be ‘lured in’ by talk of undefeated season

NBA announces that Luke Walton is eligible for league coaching awards, named Western Conference Coach of the Month for November

Report: Miami job is Mark Richt’s 'if he wants it'

WATCH: Cowboys’ security guard being investigated for choking Panthers fan

Mariners ‘trying hard’ to trade Mark Trumbo before Wednesday’s tender deadline

Bill Belichick: Patriots always looking to improve win or lose


NFL: Refs did not blow calls on Ravens' blocked FG return

Roethlisberger: I’ll play through any injury but a brain injury

LeBron James feels ‘kind of sad’ about Kobe Bryant retiring

Singer Marc Anthony creates agency, signs Aroldis Chapman

Jimbo Fisher: I’m not leaving Florida State

76ers raise ticket prices for Kobe's final appearance

Josh Norman pretends to be a movie character each game

Ex-Giants OL Chris Snee 'wanted to see the Jets lose all the time'

Kyle Long gives Bears tickets to trash collector who found wallet

Last of a dying breed: Kobe's retirement marks end of an era

Are the Houston Rockets looking to trade Ty Lawson?

Anonymous agent: Lakers have 'no plan and no leadership'

LeBron on never facing Kobe in Finals: 'I didn't hold up my end'

Jerry Jones expects Tony Romo to start another five years

Devon Still announces that daughter is cancer-free

Ranking college football conference title games

Green rips ‘coward’ reporter for calling Warriors cocky

Lindsey Vonn on Tiger Woods: ‘I loved him and I still love him’

Diamondbacks, Johnny Cueto both better off with no deal

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

QUIZ: Name every NCAA football national champion since 1950

Browns lose to Ravens as only the Browns know how

NCAA figures out how to invite 5-7 teams to bowls

Ranking top Heisman Trophy candidates

Have the New Orleans Saints given up?

This weekend in NFL stupid, ft. Rex Ryan

Missouri won’t accept a bowl bid at 5-7

Durant blasts media on behalf of Kobe

Josh McCown laments how he got job back from Manziel

Paul George: Kobe Bryant was my Michael Jordan

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker