Mike Miller is back for the second time for Miami, and he has a few things to prove this time around.
The last time Miller came off the injured list (i.e. last year) he did so with the benefit of being a well-touted role player with a solid history and plenty of optimism regarding his upcoming contribution to the Heat.
The second time around, he's returning to action with the stink of his worst pro season still wafting off him, and there is skepticism as to what he has in store for Round 2.
Was last year just a temporary lull resulting from a loss of rhythm and the shock of joining history's most despised team? Or was it the start of a steady decline into worthlessness, before Miami could squeeze even one good year out of him?
Miller will have ample opportunity to answer these questions as his second year in black is under way. In this writer's opinion, he isn't all that likely to really ever take any major steps forward on this team, if only because of how easy it is to get lost in the shuffle as the games pile up.
Still, it could just as easily be argued that Miller is on the verge of bouncing back in the coming weeks and months, most likely based on the following five indications.