Thinking Out Loud post of the day:
This mini-post was inspired by a back-and-forth I read on twitter yesterday between @bustabucket and @pdxtrailblazers (sparked by @gavindawson). It seems as if a lot of the PG talk of late has been all about Andre Miller. We’re guilty here at the RCP as well, I mean I’m still racking my brain about how Miller and B-Roy in a post that has caused me much frustration this week. Back to the point, everyone is talking about Andre Miller and whether or not he should be the starting PG. Here’s my question: what about Steve Blake? In all the talk I’ve read it’s assumed that Miller will overtake Blake, speaking of that matter as if it’s a ‘when’ situation and not an ‘if’. And again I wonder, what about Steve Blake. Yes, overall talent wise Miller is better than Blake. And yes, Miller would have helped us a ton in that Houston series where Blake…uh…what’s the word…disappointed. Yeah, that’s about right. And I know that no one wants to pay all that money for a backup.
However, we can’t just go ahead and crown Andre Miller already. Thinking that Steve Blake is going down without a fight is just silly. His nickname is Lieutenant Dan and I’m pretty sure he could choke 80% of the NBA out. I mean he was the starter on a team that won 54 games last season. Say what you want but that’s something that Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Steve Nash can’t say. Is everyone forgetting that this is a guy whose been in the NBA six years and played for four different teams (including this one) before finally finding a home in Portland. AND he’s in a contract year??? This is a big year for him. Make no mistake about it, Portland is his ideal situation. He’s got a comfort level with the coach, the organization, the players…it’s probably not getting much better for him. He’s an offense that he thrives in. His turnovers are Flo Rida-esque low, his field goal percentages have been going up. He knows he fits here. Also, this is more than likely his last chance for ultimate financial security. Does anyone really think he’s just going to give up his starting spot? Absolutely not. I picture Blake getting a phone call finding out about the Andre Miller signing, throwing his phone through the wall and storming off to the gym. Or high kicking a goat in the face because it’s funnier. Here’s a thought: could this Miller signing push Blake to another level? It’s a reach, I know but I think it’s possible. Blake’s got work ethic and a massive chip on his shoulder, one that I’m sure has grown with the signing of Andre Miller. I highly doubt he’s going to sit around and let Miller take his starting job.