For many years I heard the following term to describe Andre Miller: "Consummate Professional". If talk turned Dre's reaction to Nate trying out Blake as Roy's running mate (ostensibly to bring Dre's leadership to the 2nd unit and take advantage of the proven ability of Blake to co-exist with Roy), people would get all up in arms and cite Dre as a "Consummate Professional" who was only standing for what is right! People also will say that he was great and when we finally draft a PGOFTF he would be the perfect guy to mentor him. When he would act all surly people would claim that he was just misunderstood. Well here is a current piece out of Denver that shows him in more of true light.
Here are some of the quotes:
"Miller’s career in Denver has been a lot more than crafty veteran footwork and acute lob passing. He visibly sulked on the court last season while struggling to adjust to his new bench role."
"What’s worse is the fact Miller has publicly complained about his role on a team that continues to profess their love for him. Last season, Andre told Chris Tomasson he doesn’t see himself as a backup but noted “this is a short season and I’ll deal with it.” Last month, Andre more or less repeated his sentiments to Paul Klee of the Colorado Springs Gazette, reaffirming his stance and quelling any notion that Miller has adjusted his attitude over the past year."
"Miller has seen more fourth quarter action due to injuries. He’s made statements in every game, looking to show he can still get it done when the chips are down and the Nuggets need a fourth quarter bucket. Miller took those big shots for himself (including several threes) and the Nuggets came up short in three straight losses before finally winning again at home, where Miller returned to a sub-25 minute role off the bench."
Miller should be gone by next season’s trade deadline, when the nonguaranteed portion of his third year becomes enticing for a team looking to add veteran help. Until then, this awkward dance goes on and Miller will continue to be one of the least-liked Nuggets unless he changes his attitude.