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Reggie Miller will retire after the season, ending a career with the Indiana Pacers in which he became one of the NBA's greatest shooters.
"I just sensed that this is something he knows is right for him to do," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said Friday. "I'd love to have him around another year. This is one of those personal decisions you have to go with your gut on."
Carlisle spoke after telling the players about Miller's decision to retire after spending all 18 of his NBA seasons with the Pacers. Miller, who turns 40 in August, was at Friday's practice at Conseco Fieldhouse but did not speak to reporters or discuss his decision with teammates.
Indiana's Reggie Miller became the 13th player in NBA history to score 25,000 points Wednesday night.
He scored six points in the first 5:13, then reached the milestone, appropriately, by making two free throws with 2:08 left in the first quarter. When the achievement was announced, fans began chanting "Reg-gie, Reg-gie."
Reggie Miller had been preparing for the moment for several years, handing the team leadership over to younger, more athletic players and getting the Indiana Pacers ready to move on without him.
When Miller's NBA career ended with a playoff loss to the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night, the transition was complete.
"The mantle goes to Jermaine (O'Neal) now," Miller said. "It's his team. But there's a lot of great, young talent here.
"Truthfully, this has been the most trying season and the most challenging. The most rewarding part is that we brought this team, franchise and city together," he said.