On the eve of the 2010 NHL Playoffs, with the Kings returning to post-season play for the first time in eight years, Bob Miller joined us on MayorsManor for an extended interview. Among the many topics discussed was the possibility of him contemplating retirement.
Here’s what he had to say back then…
“I’m kinda taking it year by year, but it’s getting close,” Miller began. “I’m not gonna try and go as long as Vin (Scully) – until I’m 80-something years old. I still enjoy it. But, like I say, it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep up with everything – even with the availability of sources that we never had before, like the internet and all that kinda stuff.”
With the Kings’ 1993 run to the Stanley Cup Finals the only real post-season success Miller had to hold onto back in 2010, he added this when talking about a possible end to his legendary broadcasting career – “I would say it’s close, but it might be a few years off before I say I don’t want to do it anymore. On certain nights, like the last game of the season in Colorado - where we won in overtime – it’s just fun to be there, to just call that game. Of course, during a season, there are other nights. Like anybody, there are nights where you think ‘Oh boy, I didn’t do a great job. Maybe this is it.’ I don’t think I’m ready to say that I’m done yet. But, let me put it this way, it’s not going to be too far off.”
More recently, when Jim Fox was on the MayorsManor show just a few weeks ago, Miller’s long-time partner in the booth speculated that the Kings recent Stanley Cup Championship may have reinvigorated the man who’s been calling games in LA for nearly 40 years - fueling talk that perhaps he’d be pushing those retirement plans out a few more seasons.
With that in mind, here’s what the smooth-voiced Hall of Famer told ABC-7…
Jim Fox on the MayorsManor show – October 2012