Mike Miller may sue Miami Heat after being defrauded

Mike MillerFormer Miami Heat player Mike Miller is considering suing the team for their role in a scam where he was defrauded.

According to the Miami Herald, Miller was swindled out of $1.7 million by a con man who was posing as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family. Miller says he was introduced to the man by the Heat, who he says endorsed the man. He is seeking repayment of $700,000 the man, Haider Zafar, allegedly stole from him and used to pay for Heat courtside tickets. He is also seeking repayment of attorney’s fees.

Miller’s attorney likely told The Herald he was considering a lawsuit to pressure the team into settling. The two sides reportedly are far apart in their negotiations.

The Herald says Zafar last December agreed to spend $3 million for courtside seats to Heat games over three years but never submitted payment. The Heat’s then executive vice president/sales Stephen Weber had players meet with Zafar to discuss business opportunities, and Weber supposedly vouched for Zafar, telling the players the con man was “the real deal.”

Miller agreed to do business with Zafar and gave him $2 million to invest, but by a few months later he figured out Zafar was a fraud. Zafar gave the Heat a payment of $700,000 for the tickets, and Miller says that was his money.

Miller’s proposed suit says the Heat knew Zafar was using an unofficial identity, being investigated by the IRS and had not paid the team when they set up meetings between him and the players. Zafar is currently imprisoned in Ohio awaiting trial on fraud charges for an unrelated case.

James Jones and Rashard Lewis were also defrauded by Zafar and suffered financial losses, though they have not pursued action with the team.

Miller was released by the Heat over the summer and signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. He played three seasons with the Heat and helped them win two titles.

Mike Miller to sign with Memphis Grizzlies

Mike MillerMike Miller is returning to the Memphis Grizzlies, ESPN’s Marc Stein reports.

Miller became a free agent after the Miami Heat released him via the amnesty provision this month. He drew interest from the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, and Oklahoma City Thunder, in addition to the Grizzlies. Memphis and OKC were said to be the leaders for his services, and it looks like he is headed back to Memphis.

Miller played six seasons for the Grizzlies from 2002-2008 and posted the best statistical seasons of his career with them. He spent the past three seasons with the Miami Heat, reaching three NBA Finals and winning two titles.

Miller will still be paid the $12.8 million he was owed by the Heat over the next two seasons. He is still one of the top 3-point shooters in the league, but he has been bothered by numerous injuries — mostly back problems — over the past few years. There is no word yet on the terms of an agreement he will sign with Memphis, but he should give them a strong option as a shooter off the bench.

Mike Miller makes 3-pointer without shoe (Video)

Mike Miller made a clutch shot in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday, and he did it while wearing just one shoe.

The Miami Heat sharpshooter lost his shoe on the previous possession when Tiago Splitter tossed in a layup for the San Antonio Spurs. Someone landed on Miller and gave him a flat tire, and he decided to join the Heat’s offensive possession rather than worry about his shoe. Miller started off at one wing, then ran to the other and drained a three to make it 77-73 San Antonio, forcing a Spurs timeout.

Miller, by the way, was 18-for-21 on 3-pointers in the NBA Finals after draining that shot.

Here’s a closeup look at the shoeless wonder:

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Kawhi Leonard dunks on Mike Miller something nasty (Video)

Kawhi Leonard dunked on Mike Miller something nasty during Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

The San Antonio Spurs had a fastbreak midway through the first quarter, and Tony Parker threw a bounce pass to Leonard, who was running the floor up ahead. Miller did his part to try stopping the dunk — hey, they were facing elimination — but his efforts were of little help. Leonard just literally pushed his face aside and completed the monster jam.

Jeff Van Gundy said Leonard took the elevator to the top floor, but we only need one word to describe it: a facial.

Here’s the image for your poster:

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Birdman, Mike Miller sing ‘Ice, Ice Baby’ at Miami Heat karaoke (Video)

birdman mike millerIf you could have picked one song for Miami Heat players Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Mike Miller to perform at karaoke, Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby” would have been it, right? Birdman totally has the Vanilla Ice persona down perfectly. He’s got the tats, the attitude, and the skin color. And he and Miller knew the song perfectly.

Personally, I prefer Derek Huff’s rendition of “Ice, Ice Baby” at the Great Valley Senior High talent show, but this wasn’t bad.

According to Hot Hot Hoops’ Surya Fernandez, the karaoke competition occurred at Shane Battier’s “Battioke 2013″ at the Eden Roc Hotel in South Beach. Below is video of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade rocking out with a duet:

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Mike Miller’s three-point shooting was difference in Game 5

You can tell that it’s a team’s time to win when role players come out with the games of their lives. That happened with the Mavericks last season when guys like J.J. Barea, DeShawn Stevenson, and Jason Terry went off against the Heat. On Thursday night in Miami, Mike Miller’s sharpshooting confirmed that it was the Heat’s time to win a title.

Miller went 7-for-11 from the field including 7-for-8 from three-point range for a season-high 23 points. Yes, Mike Miller had his best game of the season in the Heat’s close-out Game 5. This was actually his second-highest scoring total during two injury-filled seasons with the Heat (he had 32 last year against the Raptors).

Miller has battled back injuries throughout the past two years and it was a struggle for him to make it onto the court. He even confirmed after the series ended that he is contemplating retirement. But for one game, almost every shot he took fell in, and his accuracy is a big reason Miami won with ease 121-106.

The Heat don’t get a lot of credit for what they do, but Pat Riley should be recognized for assembling a nice supporting cast for his big three. Shane Battier had his struggles against the Pacers and Celtics, but he was incredible in the Finals shooting 58% on threes. With him and Mike Miller knocking down their outside shots, the Heat became unstoppable.

Mike Miller plays two possessions without a shoe (Video)

Things went so well for the Heat on Tuesday night in Miami that Mike Miller was able to play two possessions without a shoe and the team didn’t even allow any points. Miller lost his shoe when it was stepped on while he was going for a defensive rebound with about three minutes left in the third quarter. Rather than take a moment to put it back on, he tossed it aside and played two possessions without it. Shane Battier missed a turnaround shot on the offensive end, but Miller was able to successfully defend LeAndro Barbosa on the defensive end.

Miller’s just lucky that Dwyane Wade is his teammate.