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.