Sunday, July 26, 2009

Miller Time No more in Philly

In case you were still wondering, it was made official yesterday.  Andre Miller is not longer in the Sixers fold. Yesterday, he signed a 3 year 21 million dollar deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. Reportedly, 14 million is guaranteed.

Go ahead Andre. It sounds like a good deal for ya. Portland has some amazing talent, but was sorely lacking in point guard experience. No disrespect to Jeff Blake … the former University of Maryland graduate has down well with the limited skills he has, but he lacks the veteran savvy that Miller has.

I have a great appreciation for Andre after watching him play here. Like many I mistook his quiet demeanor for a lack of intensity. But I learned to appreciate the adroit passing skills, the high basketball IQ, the heart that he possesses. He has put on some spectacular shows in a Sixers uniform.

I will miss him, but I’m happy he is gone. Because of his unbelievable streak of consecutive games played ( 500+ games) there is little time for other guards to play the point. And his pride and will to win were so large that he would force things. Try to take over games when the Sixers needed it.

When they needed it most … is was Miller time. But  no one else on this team would step up. Now someone has to step up to fill Miller’s shoes. The young bucks have seen him do it. Now it’s their turn. I don’t know who it will be, but someone’s got to.

Good luck Andre. We will wait and if it works out for you and Portland. Because Portland got handled in the playoffs by the underdog Rockets … No less than a 1st round playoff series win will signal success …. Something that Andre Miller has never done.

2 comments:

twiggs said...

It's Steve Blake, not Jeff Blake...no disrespect.

Rando said...

Crap … of course your right. Don’t know where that came from. I actually like Blake as a player. It’s hard to think it’s been 6 years since the UM final four championship. Blake was not given enough credit. He was a 2nd round draft pick (I could be wrong) and has made the best of it wherever he’s been. He had a good year with Portland last year.