Andre Miller: I Don’t Care About What The Critics Say

July 28, 2009 – 10:30 am by Tas Melas

What you see with Andre Miller is what you get.  No, he is not the superstar Blazers fans wanted this offseason in hopes of immediately propelling them to the elite, and no, he’s not a flashy name nor player on the court, but he makes his teammates better.  He’ll definitely ease the burden on Brandon Roy (as he points out below), he’ll get guys good shots, and he’ll work his butt off.  He’s quiet, he loves basketball, and he improves teams.  If I were giving advice to Portland fans, I’d say, allow the guy to join your team and then evaluate from there.  He definitely has a little of what Hedo Turkoglu could have brought to the team if Banu Turkoglu didn’t love Toronto so much.  But, can you blame her?  I mean, what’s there not to love?  No offense Portland.  Miller joined 95.5 The Game in Portland to discuss how he saw Roy suffering last season, what he has to say to his doubters, and his game plan on the court.

How do you think your game compliments Brandon Roy’s game?

“Well, it’s hard to tell, but just watching, observing during the season and playing against him, I saw that he had the ball in his hands a lot.  There’s times when he was tired; that’s a lot of pressure when you have to score a lot of points, and you’re dribbling, and in the team is focusing in on you a lot.  So, I think just by me coming in there and being an extra ball handler and getting him in a position to score easy baskets, I think that will take a little bit of slack off of him.”

What do you say to Blazer fans who aren’t excited about you coming to Portland?

“I don’t really care what they think.  They probably didn’t want me in Philadelphia when I got moved there and there was no expectations when I got traded for Allen Iverson, so I mean, I went in to that situation and pretty much proved the critics wrong.  I helped the team get to the playoffs and definitely could have helped the team get to the second round – we were close to getting to the second round for two years.  So, I can’t worry about what’s going on off the court as far as critics, or whether it was a good or bad move.  I think people will see that I’m a hard worker and I definitely make people better, I make people around me better.”

What’s your plan for fitting in on the floor?

“I’m just gonna try and blend in; I feel coming in to a situation I won’t have to do as much.  When I was in Philadelphia, they relied on me to get the ball up the court, forcing the issue as far as… In order for the team to win we had to fast break, and if we didn’t fast break, we struggled.  So, just me coming to the team I can go back to some of my old school ways as far as passing, moving without the ball, cutting, and spacing, and things like that.  It’s gonna be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Listen to Andre Miller on 95.5 The Game in Portland (starts at 13:00)

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