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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.  

-Debra

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4 Comments

  1. As you've perhaps heard me say, Debra: "Love my vets!" Dre, Marcus, Joel, Juwan...

    It's true that I'm closer to their, um, "demographic" than I am to the rookies. (I guess that makes me a veteran of the graphic design game.) I like to think my vintage helps me to appreciate the value of the consistent, efficient, often unspectacular contribution made by seasoned players. Where would we be without them? In how many games has Dre kept our team above water with his steady stroke?

    And their diversity --wow! As you suggest, there is no one "right way" to be an NBA player. While I enjoy the openness and accessibility of many of the younger Blazers, I respect Mr. Miller's comparative reticence. When he speaks publicly, it's about the strongest of convictions, and the most focussed of perspectives.

    All Dre All Day.

    by occassia on 3/17/2011 4:39 PM
  2. I really enjoyed this post. I think Dre's more reserved personality is refreshing. It's gotta be hard in this environment to maintain any privacy and I think he does so in a classy way. I don't think he comes across as disrespectful, quite the opposite.

    Dre Day!

    by krizzikinz on 3/17/2011 9:25 PM
  3. I do not understand how people can find him to be disrespectful or off putting. I have had the amazing luck of being able to have a short, quick interaction with -- a couple actually -- and he was warm and, quite frankly, hilarious. I love what he brings to this team. The heart, the passion, the hustle, the knowledge, the experience, the craftiness, I could go on and on. He is Andre and I would not have him any other way.

    by cstreet on 3/31/2011 6:00 PM
  4. Debra,
    I do have to admit, it took me a while to appreciate Andre and what he brings to the team. Now I am a big supporter and I believe he is a very important part of the team's success this year.
    Cindy

    by BlazerFamily on 4/13/2011 6:14 PM
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