In the highly competitive world of sports journalism, scoops and breaking news are of the utmost importance. That’s why you routinely see stories trotted out to the masses that are quickly denied or even proven to be flat out wrong.
Yet another example of such a story is the offseason plans of the Miami Heat’s Mike Miller. Now Miller isn’t a name that moves the barometer, but since the name of the game is to scoop or be scooped, Miller’s possible retirement becomes yet another storyline for the NBA Finals. Especially when ESPN reports that Miller has told his teammates to “try win for him because it could be the last two weeks of his NBA career.”
But just like clockwork Miller emphatically denied the report to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
The text message was swift and to the point, only minutes after ESPN reported that he had said these NBA Finals could be the final two weeks of his career.
“What!!!!” was the text message reply from Miami Heat forward Mike Miller to the Sun Sentinel.
A few minutes later, after he had the chance to get to others who had made him aware of the report, came a phone call.
“I’m not retiring,” he told the Sun Sentinel. “I don’t know what I’m doing.”
The fact that retirement talk had gone public was not nearly as upsetting to Miller as the timing.
“What I said is I guess I’ve got to figure out what is best for me,” he said, stressing that the last thing that should stand as an issue on the eve of the NBA Finals was his future.
And that, boys and girls is how you create yet another storyline for the NBA Finals on the fly.