My favorite Andre Miller answer to the barrage of questions he's received from the Portland media came during Monday's Courtside. Pardon the paraphrasing, but the exchange went something like the following. Mike Rice: "So, Andre, are you in shape yet?" Miller: "I ain't gonna lie to you. Summertime is for resting up, letting your injuries heal, etc. I'm not doing a thing until it's nearly time for training camp. Then I'll work my way into shape and be ready to go on opening day."
Already, the guy is providing that badly-needed "veteran leadership!"I'm not being sarcastic. If Andre had been around, do you really think the Blazers would have suffered all those training camp & early-season wear & tear injuries the past couple of seasons? [E.g., Martell, Roy, & Frye's ankle & foot problems] Those guys were spending their entire off-seasons obsessively working out & scrimmaging. Their bodies never had a real chance to recover from the 82-game NBA grind. Now, do you think they'd have gone overboard like that if they'd had a role model on the squad like Andre?
Here's one of the NBA's iron men: a guy who's averaged 14.6 points, 7.4 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game in a ten-year career while missing a total of 5 games (two of those while visiting an ill family member, I believe). Who do you think the young Blazers would have listened to? Andre, or the eager beaver coaches telling them they can't rest one moment of the off-season?