Like a lot of Blazer fans I've vacillated in my opinion of Andre Miller. He is easily the least understood player on the team. Two days ago I'd have happily sent him packing for a big man. Following the Laker win and the kumbaya session with the coach things seem much different. Is Miller the missing cog unlocking playoff success? All we lacked last year was a strong PG. A Boston-like veteran vindication for Miller is possible. Making the second round of the playoffs would increase his stature and a championship would elevate him from a good player to a great player.
Still Miller mostly remains a mystery. Which brought to mind a joke that I first heard in church but I've heard in several different forms over the years:
A guy joins a monastery and takes a vow of silence: he’s allowed to say two words every seven years.
After the first seven years, the elders bring him in and ask for his two words. "Cold floors," he says. The elders give him a new pair of slippers and send him away.
Seven more years pass. They bring him back in and ask for his two words. He clears his throat and says, "Bad food." They nod and send him away.
Seven more years pass. They bring him in for his two words. "I quit," he says. "That’s not surprising," the elders say. "You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here."
In Miller's case the elders from the joke are the media passing judgement. And frankly many of them have been a joke too. Given a lack of actual material there has been a tendency to fill the void with conjecture and assumptions. Unfortunately, the few things of substance that Miller has provided about "staying professional" have left the distinct aroma of a malcontent.
I get that Miller would prefer to let his play do the talking. The year hasn't flowed as smoothly as anticipated but he now has the nut that he desired from the beginning. He is starting and he is finishing. The coach acknowledged and respected him to the world. Now Miller needs to relax and understand that by default most Portland fans are accepting of quirky personalities but we don't embrace sourpusses as easily. Keep playing well and this community will embrace you and if you loosen up a little you will be loved.