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As an unrestricted free agent, Reggie Miller apparently had an opportunity to join Karl Malone in Los Angeles with the Lakers.
But instead of taking shots alongside Malone, Miller sounded like he was taking a few shots at Malone. At least indirectly.
In announcing his new multiyear contract to stay in Indiana as a member of the Pacers, Miller took the anti-Malone approach. He opted to stick with the only team he's known instead of chasing an elusive NBA title with a more likely contender.
"I didn't want to be like some other guys who jump on another team's bandwagon just to get a ring," Miller said.
Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said Miller, who turns 38 on Sunday, wanted to remain loyal to the city, fans and organization, even though there discussions with other teams.
The Lakers was Malone's destination of choice after spending his first 18 years in Utah. Malone joined fellow free agent Gary Payton as newcomers to a Lakers team just one year removed from three consecutive NBA titles.
The one thing Malone and Miller do have in common is that they both took significant pay cuts in order to help their clubs with the salary cap. Although terms of Miller's deal were not disclosed, he's not expected to make anywhere close to the $12 million he made last season.
Coming to terms with Miller was one of the first priorities for Larry Bird, who rejoined the team this summer as president of basketball operations.
Originally posted by Fox Mulder
I'm not really surprised.
Thomas didn't really do much with the Pacers. And he screwed up the C.B.A. too, when he was in charge.
Originally posted by Cannon:
the Pacers were barely a .500 team when he first took charge. Despite the bad stretch during last season, he has improved them to 12 wins over .500 from the last couple seasons.