What Andre Miller means to me
By BlazersLadiesClub Posted in: AndreMiller
I have made no secret in pontificating how much I love Andre Miller. From the moment he landed on the tarmac in Portland I have loved him, even though he has been under the opinionated and sometimes burning microscope of Rip City. From the start....from day one...I never judged his quietness or shyness nor did I assume it meant he was being aloof and disrespectful to me as a fan. Actually it had the opposite effect and drew me to him.
I do not want to seem so bold to parallel who I am to Andre, but I suppose part of the reason I admire him is, many times I have not walked a path that was already trampled down by others....and thus, why I have felt a distant personal connection with him. Some might say this makes you appear to be looking more on the outside looking in and yes, sometimes it does, but I would point out it can also make your life unique and interesting. This may seem like a silly point, but I do believe, I might be the only person on the planet who has never watched the movie Titanic and yes, I am quite proud of this accomplishment. This might be a bit dramatic, but after all, I already know how it is going to end, but I digress.
I do not profess to know Andre or understand him, but what I was attracted to besides what he brings to the hardwood, was indeed the fact he was "that" way...Regrettably, when you are labeled "different" in the NBA you are not awarded the adulation of an All Star appearance or the mass marketing that one might enjoy or, in Andre's case, deserve.
I have felt from the start that his aura of quiet, and steadfastness, with a sprinkle of one celebrated heart to heart with Coach Nate has helped if not perpetuated the BLAZERS to a new, exciting and different level of competition. I could wax poetic of all the reasons why, but I will not. At the end of the day, it is just my opinion, perception and speculation. We all have our own OPS and all can read the written word and listen to all the dramatics spoken about Andre in Portland since his arrival. I, for one, have enjoyed watching and listening to the rest of the fan base and media catch up to what I already knew. Is there no doubt that on my birthday last year Andre would score 52 points? I think not.
I don't know if Andre has seen Titanic, and I know it doesn't much matter to him if I have or haven't, but that's the way this fan likes it. I already know the ending in a movie I haven't seen, but I hope the ending with Andre in Portland is far from sunk. Okay...I know...but I had to tie this blog up in a pretty bow....Andre's 35th birthday is next week and I couldn't be more proud and happy to have him on my team. I have a suspicion that he might just feel the same.