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Brad Miller Cries: Timberwolves Fans Give Center Standing Ovation For His Last NBA Game (VIDEO)

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An emotional Brad Miller hugs Timberwolves teammate Nikola Pekovic after getting taken out of his last game ever.
An emotional Brad Miller hugs Timberwolves teammate Nikola Pekovic after getting taken out of his last game ever.

Brad Miller's skills as a midrange shooter and a passer out of the pivot may have been subtler than the emphatic dunks and rejections that tend to earn accolades for any basketball player measuring 7-feet tall, but there was nothing understated about his emotional reaction after checking out of the final game of his 14-year NBA career.

The 36-year-old, who barely saw the floor with the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2011-2012 season as he recovered from surgery, had announced earlier this month that this would be his final season. Although he didn't make a field goal until the fourth quarter, Miller made his lone bucket count. Midway through his final period, Miller knocked down his 201st career 3-pointer from the top of the key and could barely hold in the tears afterward.

Just a few minutes later, head coach Rick Adelman -- who was Miller's coach in Sacramento as well -- subbed the journeyman out of the game. As the Timberwolves' fans sent him into retirement with a standing ovation, Miller cried as he hugged each of his teammates one by one. He then sat down on the bench and put a towel over his head.

"I've always been the tough guy," Miller said after the game when asked about his emotional exit. "I had a couple friends that came into town. I've been all cool all day and coming out, it really hit me hard."

Miller isn't a potential Hall of Famer, but he played a vital role on some good teams including the Kings in the early 2000's. He averaged 11.2 points and 7.1 rebounds throughout his career and played in a pair of All-Star games.

 
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