Origins of Andre Miller's Toughness
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/28/2011 10:47 AM

    Via Jason Quick-
    Miller said his family was filled with basketball enthusiasts. They all watched and studied the game, and praised not the individual standout, but the beauty of a well-executed team play. That's the way it always was in their spirited talks about basketball, everything was about team.

    "I think I've been surrounded by friends and family that actually understand how to play basketball and actually follow basketball and are not selfish," Miller said. "You know, I've been told a couple times, 'Man, shoot a little bit more, and be more selfish,' ... But my family, they think team first, and these guys, some of them never played organized basketball. So just being able to have those types of people around me; we all understand and talk basketball the right way. I think that helped me develop."
    Miller was quickly identified around the neighborhood as special. He had exceptional dribbling skills, called "handle" on the streets, and was a big-time scorer, a much better shooter, he says, than he is now. His basketball skill became somewhat of a shield against the negative shrapnel that pierced so many others' dreams in Watts.

    "I was lucky that I was around a lot of guys who understood I was a kid in the neighborhood that played basketball. I always had a ball in my hand, following around other kids. I was one of the lucky ones," Miller said. "A lot of guys had talent, a lot of talent, but everything fell in the right place for me."

    This makes me appreciate Andre Miller that much more. I really hope we can get out of the first round this year, because Dre has never been past the first-round before. His toughness is something I think that is overlooked and undervalued. Sure, he may not be the enforcer that Joel was, but he will never back down. Remember that shove on Blake Griffin? Don't mess with Dre!
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  1. Rob Forman
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    Posted 04/28/2011 12:32 PM

    Awesome. Just awesome. 
    Dre's a beast!
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 04/28/2011 3:08 PM ...courtesy of Brandon Mitchell.  Very well done.  Enjoy!
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 04/28/2011 6:40 PM

    just like in the bearnstien bears, there was " Too Tall."

    maybe he is " too tough"
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