Last night when I saw Brian T. Smith’s article in the Columbian titled “Miller says he expects to start for Blazers“, I didn’t know what to expect. My initial reaction was a mix of fear and anger considering I just attempted to make an argument as to why he should come off the bench and some official news would poop all over it. Then I read the entire quotations and well he just comes off like a veteran who wants to start, wants to compete but more importantly wants to win. I know everyone will be stuck on this quote:
“I’m going in there as the starting point guard — there’s nothing else to it,”
And yeah it comes off a tad bit sour out of context. However, in context, not so much. First off he’s flat out being honest. Any basketball player who says he doesn’t want to start is 96% lying right to your face. Any NBA player who says he doesn’t want to start is 99.999999% lying to your face. And any basketball player who says he doesn’t want to opportunity to compete for a starting job is just lying like OJ used to. I have no problem with Andre Miller wanting to start for this team, just like I have no problem with Steve Blake or Jerryd Bayless wanting the same thing. It’s all about competition. That’s why I don’t have a huge problem with that quote. He’s a 10-year veteran, a starter for the last night. There’s no reason he should not have that kind of swagger. The real quote that stuck with me was the following:
“So, I think right now, they’re pretty comfortable with a Steve Blake and the things that he’s done for the organization and the team. It’s just about which players play well with each other, and how the coaches plan to use them. I can’t control the coaches’ decision, as far as who’s on the court and the amount of time and all that. I just have to just do what I’m told, basically.”
All of what he said above was honest but most importantly it’s very true. Who plays when and where is going to depend on who plays well together. That’s why I put that part in bold. I’m currently still in an inner debate on whether Roy and Miller can play together, but if it’s obviously not working than he won’t start. (If it’s obviously not working, we’re kind of in trouble but I disgress). If it is, than we’ll see tons more Andre Miller than Steve Blake. Unfortunately that means we won’t be able to find out anything until the players hit the court. Nothing wrong with letting the mind wander though..