Every once in a while there's an NBA team that travels like the circus, with so much media no one can even breathe. For instance: Toronto at the height of Vinsanity. Houston in Yao Ming's rookie year. The Lakers during Kobe Bryant's sexual assault trial. The Wizards during Michael Jordan's comeback.
J.A. Adande has a story on ESPN.com right now. This is how the Celtics, already celebrity heavy thanks to Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce, could become one of those media circus teams:
Since his playing days ended [Reggie Miller] has worked as a television analyst for TNT.
Miller was all set to continue that job when Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers asked him to think about joining their revamped team in a reserve role, playing about 15 minutes per game.
Miller said he is calling friends and peers, seeking their advice and listening to their feedback before he makes his decision. He still plays recreationally, but must determine if he wants to go through the physical and mental grind of an 82-game season. He also wonders how his body would respond to the intensive training it would take to get him back to NBA shape.
You have to want this to happen, right? Whether you love Reggie Miller or not, isn't the NBA more fun to watch with him in it? He's a total professional, with an amazing understanding of the game and uncommon insight. But he also brings just the right amount of showmanship.
I hope it happens, I really do.
UPDATE: Thanks to TrueHoop reader Nemo for reminding us that Miller once criticized Karl Malone and Gary Payton for trying to ride other players' coattails to a ring. In my mind, Boston's roster is sufficiently shallow -- plenty of critics wouldn't even put them in the NBA's top ten, despite all the stars -- to make this a wholly distinct case. (If he signed up with the Spurs, that's a different story.)