Mike Miller's daughter attends NBA championship game
MIAMI (WSVN) -- It was a family affair for Miami Heat shooting guard Mike Miller at Game 7 Thursday night.
The amazing win was just the icing on the cake for Miller as his daughter cheered him on and saw her dad play in the championships for the first time.
"It's been a long journey," said Jennifer Miller.
Two years ago, Mike Miller and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed baby Jaelyn to the world. She was born with several holes in her heart and due to her fragile health, she missed her dad take the win in last year's championship. "Jaelyn was about a year old then, she actually missed that game, so everyone gave me a hard time," said Jennifer Miller.
It's a miracle she was able to survive. Now at 2 years old, the bright-eyed girl witnessed her father and the rest of the Heat team take home the trophy. "You know, not only are we a family at home, but we're a family here at the Heat, so it's awesome," said Jennifer Miller. "There's so much support throughout the Heat."
Of course, team support is endless with the Miami Heat. "Our thoughts have been with him the whole way," said Erik Spoelstra.
"When you have children it kind of puts things in perspective for you," said Chris Bosh. "You realize this is a game, this is my job, but this is more important: my family."
Miller's sons Mason and Mavrick are just grateful their little sister could experience the game. "I'm so happy Jaelyn's fine, and I'm happy that she's here at Game 7," said Mavrick Miller.
"I'm just happy that Jaelyn's fine, and I'm at this game today," added Mason Miller.
It wasn't just all smiles and celebration. It looks like Mike Miller has competition on the court. When asked who had a better jump between him and his dad, Mavrick replied: "Me or my dad? Probably me," he said with a grin.
With her health on the mend, it looks as though Jaelyn will be coming out to see more Heat games with her big brothers. "She still has a few holes in her heart but not to where they are concerns, and our pediatric cardiologist actually told us she's 100 percent clear," said Jennifer Miller. "We don't need to worry about it, so that's the best thing you can ask for."
Miller's wife said she is proud of her husband, and the team's win. "Obviously to make it as far as we have in the Playoffs and not only to be cheering for someone-- my husband-- someone we love deeply, and it just brings a lot of family pride."
After the game, this Heat dad seemed to leave in even brighter spirits compared to last year. "Long year, but it's worth everything. When you've got the depth we have, you gotta be patient sometimes," said Mike Miller. "Fortunately for me, I was able to get my number called in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and was able to be a big part of the Finals, which is your dream."
The Miami Heat may have taken home the trophy, but Miller may just have taken home the sweetest victory of them all.
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