It has been nearly a month since the confetti fell on American Airlines Arena in Miami, as Mike Miller and the Heat won their second consecutive NBA Championship. But, Miller will tell you though, it takes a while to realize what he and his teammates accomplished.
"To be able to come from Mitchell, South Dakota and be able to represent the state of South Dakota in two championships on that stage, it is not going to sink in for a while," The Mitchell native said. "But, I am excited where we are at and excited for the next one."
Before Miller joins his Miami Heat teammates to prepare for another season, Miller will take some time and head back to where he came from.
"I just like coming back because of the people and coming back to the Sanford Hospital and it is those things you miss," Miller said with a smile. "To see family and friends who have supported you since you were young, and the few that said you could make it …"
Well now that Miller has made it, he is position to give back. Friday night in at Grand Falls Casino Miller was hosting his annual "Night of Hope" fundraiser to benefit Sanford Children's Hospital.
"We just try to help and do our part and for me to come back to South Dakota and the generosity of those who helped and support this, it really just goes to show you."
Although tonight was all smiles, there was a still the question of where Miller could play next NBA season. Reports are surfacing from South Beach that the Heat could amnesty or release Miller from his contract. Whatever the Heat decide to do though and whatever team Miller suits up for, he says he will be ready.
"This is the best I have felt in five years and if I continue to feel this way I am going to continue to play. It is what I have always wanted to do."