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May 05

The More Dre Changes, The More He Stays The Same

By caseyholdahl Posted in: AndreMiller, Blazers
Andre Miller doesn't care much for change.

For example, when asked about how he plans on spending his offseason, Dre noted he would "do the same things he's been doing", a regiment that includes "sitting around," lifting no weights, doing no cardiovascular training and eating "hamburgers, hot links on the Fourth of July."

And then there's his approach to contract negotiations. Since the third and final year of Miller's contract is a team option, the Trail Blazers can choose to cut one of the NBA's all-time assist leaders if they so choose. One might assume that would spur Andre to lobby on his own behalf for another season in Portland, or at the very least, bring the issue up for discussion. But that's not Andre's way. He's always been the kind of guy who let's his play do the talking, and he's not about to change now, even with millions of dollars at risk.

"That would be nice," said Miller when asked up whether he wants the Trail Blazers to exercise their team option, "but it's a business. I'm past the point of proving myself to people. I've done that enough. The main thing is I hope guys improve. I've been a leader, I lead by example and I let my play speak for itself."

And even in those rare occasions in which Andre does change, he's really just staying the same. He showed more emotion, both on the court and the bench, in one month of the 2010-11 season than he did in all of 2009-10, giving his teammates and his fans a glimpse of a different Andre Miller. Though when asked if he had opened up at all this season, Dre insisted he was simply staying the course.

"I've stuck to the same routine," said Miller. "With time that happens and that's one thing I tried to establish when I got here is personalities, to open up, is a timing thing."

Some might call it stubborn, but you can't argue with the results. Miller's offseason workouts of chillin' in SoCal and eating the occasional processed meat-food to celebrate our nation's independence might not make it into the next issue of Men's Health, but the man hasn't missed a game due to injury in over eight years. He's made millions playing in the NBA, so his reluctance to toot his own horn in the name of financial gains seems to have worked out just fine. And even though he might have gotten off to a rocky start with his teammates and the Trail Blazers fan base in his first season in Portland, Miller is now beloved by both groups.

It's common after the season is over to focus on the things that should have been done differently, and ever year it doesn't seem to make a bit of difference, so maybe it's time we follow Andre's approach. After all, refusing change has provided Miller excellent health and uncommon wealth, not to mention the respect and admiration of his peers.

8 Comments

  1. Casey: that goes back to if it ain't broke don't fix it. Any major change Dre would try to make in his game could also be chaotic. for Instant BRoy didn't learn to use his left hand as good as his right hand over night, If Dre was to try to do something like that at his age could do more good then harm. Just practicing his shooting and passing is plenty to bring to the court.

    by Hg on 5/5/2011 3:29 PM
  2. Nice spotlight Casey and Kudos for Dre staying the course.

    " the man hasn't missed a game due to injury in over eight years. He's made millions playing in the NBA, so his reluctance to toot his own horn in the name of financial gains seems to have worked out just fine."

    that quote of Casey's blog says a lot! Why would he change, you don't fix things, formulas, etc that aren't broken. Another way to look at Dre's contribution this past season is, what would we have done if he wasn't here? or was hurt for 15 games? All teams need a balance of young and old, fiery and calm, workers and leaders. I think Dre fits into all of those categories, he just has a longer fuse in some areas.

    I hope PDX sees the value in Dre's leadership and his calming influence (it may not be vocal, but he has earned the respect in the locker room, from the opponents, from the Refs and from the fans).

    Dre...enjoy your summer.

    by BlockParty aka Teamship on 5/5/2011 3:39 PM
  3. I sincerely hope the organization keeps Dre, at least for another year. I know he is getting older, but every single Blazer player said Dre was the unsung hero of the team, every time they were asked. I have never been a huge fan, and have questioned his fit here several times, but when I heard the gushing enthusiasm and praise Lamarcus had for him in an interview a few months ago with Canzano on the BFT, I immediately had to re-assess his value. He is important to the PLAYERS....and if the talking/thinking heads are truly intelligent, they will recognize that...and pick up the option.

    Btw, it was so killer to meet you yesterday! Did you google pics of Bob Hope for Wesley? Also, are you going to post the video? If so, when?? Just curious, lol :)

    by SisillaRiann on 5/5/2011 4:41 PM
  4. Dre is a great player but I see him as more of a back-up for the next couple years, he cannot defend a fast pg, he should get way more assists with a team like we have, but he has strong leadership qualities and he could teach a young pg like D. McCamey 6'3" true point/assist first and defense.

    by mbmurr1 on 5/6/2011 10:56 AM
  5. He was a great player. he sucked in the playoffs and needs to work his a** off i the off season if he wants to stay. otherwise we need to get rid of his a**. not worth it.

    by blazersfan503 on 5/6/2011 12:00 PM
  6. mbmurr1 The young fast PG can't defend other fast PG, because of the NBA rulings.

    He can't get assist if no one can make a basket. He may be better at being a back-up now or at least less minutes, but that is determined by him and the coach. As of for right now he is doing great as our PG.

    blazersfan503: The whole team sucked in the play-offs. It is just in your opinion that we need to get rid of him; IMO, we need him for as long as he can play.

    by Hg on 5/6/2011 1:48 PM
  7. He hasn't missed a game due to injury in what seems like forever. Don't change your offseason routine Dre!

    by DHawes22 on 5/6/2011 2:12 PM
  8. Great comments guys. Thanks!

    I don't think Andre is ready to be a backup yet, at least not if he plays next year the way he played this year.

    by caseyholdahl on 5/9/2011 9:57 AM
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