Reggie Miller: “A king should never leave his kingdom.”

生涯中從未贏過總冠軍,但18季皆效力溜馬的Reggie Miller,也道出了對杜蘭特(Kevin Durant) 轉會的看法。有幾點我很認同,也很能代表我們這輩的看法。全文很長,大家可以在文尾的連結,點進去看看。

看看這個樂與全世界為敵,落敗比高舉獎盃更驕傲的英豪!
“But to me, a king should never leave his kingdom.”

整個職業生涯,我敗給包括MJ在內的無數強敵。
“I lost to Michael Jordan. I battled Patrick Ewing and his Knicks. I lost to Larry Bird and his Celtics. I lost to Isiah Thomas and his “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons. I lost to Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway’s Orlando Magic.”

就算KD最後如我們一樣,始終宿命難違,贏不到冠軍,世人都會為你鼓掌,看待的方式也不一樣,因為你堅持挑戰巨人,而非與他們聯手。於我而言,這才是真正永垂不朽。
“Even if Durant didn’t win a championship like me, John Stockton or players who briefly spent time elsewhere like Ewing, Karl Malone, etc. the rest of the world would have looked at him in a different light because he fought, rather than joined, the giants—LeBron, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Chris Paul, etc. And to me, that’s a true legacy.”

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人生難以兩全其美,有人既贏得名聲,也贏得冠軍,在王國上締造傳奇,不過這是極少數。占士(LeBron James) 多好,也始終難以與MJ等並列,因為他捨棄克利夫蘭,投靠D.Wade的王國。
“It would obviously be great to have both—your kingdom and an untarnished legacy. But there are only so many people who enjoy that luxury.

Jordan had both, because he already won six rings before going to the Washington Wizards. Magic Johnson. Larry Bird. Kobe Bryant. You can even put Hakeem Olajuwon in there, since he won two championships before going to the Toronto Raptors.

But I can’t loop LeBron into that company. He left his kingdom in Cleveland for Miami, which was Dwyane Wade’s kingdom. ”

總有人問我,為甚麼一直留在印第安納?因為我們贏就一齊贏,輸也一起輸,無論是加油站的員工,或是餐廳的侍應,整個地方的人都上下一心,為勝利歡笑,為落敗傷心。
“People always ask, “What made you stay in Indiana for all those years?”

This is the best way I can answer that question: Your checkout teller at the grocery store, the attendant at the gas station, the ushers, the waiters, the waitresses—all these fans laughed and cheered with me, and they cried with me after the losses to Shaq, MJ and the Knicks. We were in it together.”

看住這班忠心的球迷,我做不到毅然轉身離開,我不能如LBJ為了獎盃而加盟熱火;我不能放下一切,加盟強隊,然後高興地說,我終於贏得了指環!因為當我落敗時,這班人始終對我不離不棄。
“I could not look at those fans had I gone somewhere else. I could not win a championship in Miami like LeBron, popping bubbly and all that, knowing there’s a group in Indiana that stayed with me when I wasn’t able to win a title. I couldn’t turn my back on that fanbase and say, “Yay, I got a ring!””

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2008年,塞爾特人想我從退休中復出,當時他們有PP、Allen和KG,我也有機會加盟湖人,可是我不能這樣做。
因為,帝皇永遠不會離開自己的王國。
“The Celtics wanted me to come out of retirement in 2007-08, when they won a title with Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. I couldn’t do it. There was an opportunity to join the Lakers at one point. I couldn’t do that, either. And maybe I should have.
But to me, a king should never leave his kingdom.”

EAST RUTHERFORD, UNITED STATES:  Indiana Pacers' guard Reggie Miller celebrates after hitting a three-pointer as time expired to send the game into overtime 02 May 2002 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NY. Miller later sent the game into double-overtime with another last-second shot, but the Nets beat the Pacers 120-109 in double overtime to win the best-of-five first round Eastern Conference series 3-2 and advance to the next round against the Charlotte Hornets. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMBPELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, UNITED STATES: Indiana Pacers’ guard Reggie Miller celebrates after hitting a three-pointer as time expired to send the game into overtime 02 May 2002 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NY. Miller later sent the game into double-overtime with another last-second shot, but the Nets beat the Pacers 120-109 in double overtime to win the best-of-five first round Eastern Conference series 3-2 and advance to the next round against the Charlotte Hornets. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMBPELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)

文章連結

P.S. 米拿多年前的自傳名為《I Love Being the Enemy》,台灣的中譯本叫做《樂為敵人》,充分反映了米拿的性格,是很好看的一本書;有時我工作得累了,總會隨手翻開,想想這個孤高的瘦骨仙,如何與隊友對抗可能是歷史上最強悍的東岸敵人。

能夠一直堅持與強者為敵,需要的勇氣實在比想像中更大;在公牛時代,我欣賞米拿,到今日,更對這位無冕王者多了一份敬佩。

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《蘋果》籃球專欄作家,情迷NBA,執着本地籃球,最愛落場打波。為九十年代的籃球、漫畫、電影、音樂,還有美好的香港着迷。
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