INDIANAPOLIS -- Reggie Miller is still debating whether to
make a comeback at age 42.
The NBA's career leader in 3-pointers tried to dodge reporters'
questions about his possible return on Tuesday as he attended
Peyton Manning's charity bowling tournament, saying he wanted to
talk about the Super Bowl MVP and his event.
Eventually, though, Miller acknowledged no decision was
"I'm in shape to bowl," Miller joked. "But I don't even know
what I'm going to do."
Miller was among dozens of celebrities participating in
Manning's annual tournament but was one of the feature stars
because of the speculation he would return to the NBA in search of
the championship ring he never won in 18 seasons with the Indiana
Miller retired from the league two years ago and his No. 31 now
hangs in the Conseco Fieldhouse rafters after being retired by the
Pacers last season. He ranks 13th on the NBA's career scoring list
with 25,279 points.
Danny Ainge, the Boston Celtics' basketball boss, has
acknowledged he and Miller have had discussions, although Miller
said Tuesday a decision might not come for another month.
"I think I'll let my body and the people I've called and talked
to, help me make that decision," he said. "It will all come
Miller spent last season as a television analyst for NBA and
WNBA games on TNT and has run a movie production company called
Boom Baby Productions since retiring. He's also co-hosted "Live
with Regis and Kelly."
But Miller has said it felt strange not to be part of an NBA
team when training camps opened in 2005.
Miller would fit in as a backup to Allen on a team that needs
depth after trading seven players to Minnesota for Garnett.
Will that be enough to convince Miller to make a comeback
Miller isn't saying, but former Pacers teammate Rik Smits
believes there's a 65 percent chance Miller suits up this season.
"I think if his body holds up after a month or so of practice
to get ready for training camp, I think he can do it," Smits said.
"Part of it's mind-set, part of it's physical. He'd be a guy who
could do it and probably still be able to contribute."