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August 24, 2007

Reggie Miller (fl)ops out at Celtics 17

 R.I.P. Eddie Griffin at Deadspin:Nba

 Team USA Destroy The Virgin Islands at Need4Sheed

 Role Players:  A Look at the “other” Starters at Celtics Blog

 Carnival of the NBA #48 at Give Me The Rock

 Entroducing..The Blowtorch 10 at The Blowtorch

 DerMarr Signs Overseas at The Nugg Doctor


I can’t seem to get it off my mind.  Everytime I read a Reggie Miller article about his return, it always talks about how he’ll only play 15-20 minutes per game.  Now, if you saw Reggie before he retired, he was still in game shape, and was willing to play more minutes almost every game, before he was inevitably taken out by coach Rick Carlisle.  I feel this is a main factor for Reggie.  Does he want to come back and ruin is career averages in points, minutes…everything!  The way I see it, is he won’t drastically ruin anything.  He will start his comeback by coming off the bench for the advertised 15 minutes.  As the games go on, Doc Rivers will realize that Reggie still has gas left, and even though its only regular compared to the old premium kind, it is still better than what the rest of the bench will be offering.  Pending Reggie’s body, I see him playing between 20 and 30 minutes a game.  He’s more than capable of doing so, and provides yet another shooter who will scare defenses to no extent.

Moral of the story:  Reggie will be back, and he’ll be back in a big way.


My man Marc Stein over at ESPN recently broke down the oldies who are flirting with comebacks.  He brings up a couple of new names that might be next on the list of comeback announcers.  Some notables include Sprewell, Charles Oakley, and….MJ?  You gotta check it out!

The most ideal guy would be Charles Oakley.  If he’s in game shape, he’s perfect for scrapping for boards, and he was always a great shooter from 15-17 feet.  The main reason I’d get him would be for leadership!  A team like Dallas should be on their hands and knees begging this guy for his business.  I’m sure Marc Cuban could think of a good dollar figure for the grampa.


I’m praying for it, and I know you are too.  Back in the days when Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway was dominating the league with the Orlando Magic, alongside Shaq Diesel, Penny came out with a series of commercials featuring a “mini-me” named Lil’ Penny.  At the time, these commercials were hilarious!  They were the first good NBA player commercials in my books.  And this brings us to today.  Most of us have forgotten about Penny, due to him suffering from injuries over the years.  But this could be the comeback of the century!  Penny signed with the Miami Heat today.  Okay, it won’t be anywhere near the comeback of the century, but Penny could provide a decent scorer off the bench.  I’d take him over Antoine Walker any day.  Penny signing with the Heat seems appropriate with all the oldies rumoured to make a comeback (ie:  Allan Houston and Reggie Miller).  I put him in the same category seeing as how he’s barely played in the past couple years.  But I feel Penny still has something to prove.  I think he still has some game left, and could show it if given the opportunity.  I hope the Heat give him some minutes and by mid-season we will be seeing more Lil’ Penny!