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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  73 responses

Andre Miller Took Trade from Portland ‘Personally’


Andre Miller — who took it personally when the Nuggets traded him back in 2006 — says he took it personally that Portland dealt him to Denver last week: “Andre Miller said he took it personal Portland traded him and will use that for motivation vs. Trail Blazers: ‘Yeah, that’s how I take it.’”

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  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Let’s go dré

  • RunNGun

    two words: DRAMA QUEEN… ’nuff said.

  • Riggs

    why take it personally? you know they were thinking of trading you for awhile now.

  • tom

    i like that. everyone knows its business, but i still like that attitude

  • http://zarky01 zarky

    who is andre miller and why is he taking things personally?

  • Eddie1

    Man stuck with George Karl…gotta suck.

  • prodi

    Dre’s becoming a really bitter old dude

  • goattree

    Andre Miller sucks. Never been outta the first round his entire career (when his team actually made the playoffs).

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^hard to get out of the first round when your team doesn’t make the playoffs

  • mark

    this mutha f*cka takes everything personally. Whiny @$$ bizitch.

  • kudos

    Even when he is in the playoffs, he still doesn’t make it outta the first.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Well looking at it that way, you can say people who do make it out of the 1st round are better than him?
    Mario Chalmers and Mike Biggy > Andre

  • HAMMER

    And I don’t blame him. Not one bit. Seems like from the moment Portland got him, they kept trying 2 trade him. I never understood that. He is a veteran pg that was there, along w/Lamarcus and B-Roy, leading Portland 2 the playoffs and came up huge 4 us. And this is how they do him? Its a damn shame we let him go.

  • JL

    absolutely seemed like they have problems back then with management already. got him and didn’t want him. didn’t know what to do with brandon roy and his knees. plus all those injuries really made things even more complicated.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Felton is an upgrade… Sorry Dre.

  • Overtime

    He did more for the Blazers than people realised

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’d rather have Andre Miller running my team. But Felton’s younger. No need to take anything personal though, Dre just going back to where he made a name for himself anyway.

  • HAMMER

    Co-sign JL. Blazer management just sucks right now, starting w/Paul Allen.

  • Patzilla

    Felton fits into the mix much better. Andre can’t shoot from outside worth his life. He will be much better off in Denver

  • http://slamonline.com Tracy

    Does anyone still get shocked when they remember he actually scored 52 points in a game for this team? No, just me?

  • J-day

    He takes it personally because he doesn’t get the respect he deserves. Playing with B-roy who thinks hes a top 5 player and never sitting hit butt down to recover, Dre Miller keep them afloat during all the injuries. And nobody knows him nor appreciates him. Hes got a right to take it personally!!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The logic here is mind boggling. How will Andre Miller fit in better with a team that runs and shoots MORE? Portland is the slowest paced team in the league, having Raymund Felton running around jacking up contested 3′s (he does that) does not fit into their style in any way. He’s a good PG, but to say he’s a better fit then Andre Miller because of his jumpshot is stretching it to say the least.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’d rather have Andre too.
    If dude had a jumper, he’s be a top five point guard. Yeah, I said it.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    IDK about anymore, but if he had a jumper 7 years ago he would have been the best PG in the league along with Jason Kidd. He was consistently up in the league lead for assists and steals. And his teams always seem to win (His teams have made the playoffs every year since 03, except one — the year he got traded to Philadelphia mid season, their leading scorer was Iguodala, at 18PPG).

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yeah Portland doesn’t want to be the slowest paced team in the league anymore. Hence, Later Dre. Ya’ll stretching it tho. I know dude is underrated but don’t let that make you overrate him. If he had a jumper he’d be as good as Billups… Still not top 5 even in imaginary land.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lakeshow in Andre Miller’s 3rd season he put up 16.5 PPG, 10.9APG, 4.7RPG 1.6SPG. Without a jumpshot. For comparisons sake, Steve Nash in his 1st MVP season 15.5PPG, 11.5APG, 3.3RPG, 1.0SPG. And he is the best shooting PG in the NBA. Sooo Case and Point.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    correct.. in his 3rd season. a decade ago. We talking bout now. And fg% comparison? as i recall he is a perrenial 45% guy right. and from 3 maybe 20% on his career lol.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    He’s good at running a team and thats it. Felton now is an equal if not better defender. Wayyy better shooter(and he aint even that good)Also Dre is whiny, and has ALWAYS been. He’s the grumpiest dude in the L.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    @Tracy
    I remember :)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    We are talking about if he had a JUMPSHOT dood. wth do you think this conversation is about, if he just got younger? and if you took the time to read all of the comments you can clearly see that I said, “IDK about anymore, but if he had a jumper 7 years ago he would have been the best PG in the league along with Jason Kidd” — This is pretty damn straight forward that I am not talking about today.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah, NBK said he wasn’t talking about today, I am.
    Andre Miller almost never takes the horrible jumpshots Chauncey takes, he is a better finisher around the basket, even over larger players, and he’s a better passer period.
    Chauncey is overrated, although very talented.
    Anyway, I’ve watched Dre, and I see that he has the ability to make his teammates better, which is still the most valuable trait in any point guard.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    If tractor Traylor had 7″ he would have been the MDE. So what are we arguing, if imaginary land Dre had a jumper 7 years ago he would be the 2nd best PG then. I’ll let someone else duel this out. This is quite the riveting convo. How much better Allen P? Kobe is natorious for not making his team mates “better”, but Dre does. Yet he can’t get out of the 1st round. Even while making everyone around him better? I know the player on the team make a difference as far as their talent, but Allen common u overrating dude imo.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You can think what you want about Felton’s jumper making him better then Andre Miller. Technically Andre Miller is a more efficient shooter then Felton anyway. Considering Felton shoots 41% for his career with 45% being his career high, to Miller who is a career 45% shooter, that has only shot below 45% 3 times in his whole career. You can have Felton and his 33% 3pt shot as his “advantage” – I’d rather have Andre Miller.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    And Lakeshow, noone ever said Portland plans to start running, where in the world did you hear that? And if you have a problem with the conversation other people are having, don’t get involved. We weren’t playing the “what if” game, just a little side conversation onto why we think (along with most of the people I have read and talked to about it) Miller is a better player. THe only upgrade that I can see is Felton’s age. His jumpshot means nothing to me, he shoots a low %, and fires ill advised shots without getting his team into their offense. The 2 things I cannot support in a PG

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yeah but Felton has gotten better and improved his jump shot quite a bit every year. He was not a good PG his first couple/few years. Dre never did and never will get a jump shot. Felton is still getting better at this point. He will still most likely have career years ahead of him. But i ain’t a stan for neither dude. I’d take 10 other PG over them both today. a decade ago i’m sure i’d choose him fairly high.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Technically Raymond Felton’s jumpshot has stayed the same. 39% (4-11) from the field his rookie year, with 35% from 3 (1.2-3.4) in 80 games. Too 42% (5.7-13.4) from the Field this year, with 35% from 3 (1.5-4.4) in 75 Games. By the way

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The upped fg% can be attributed to playing for much faster paced teams in Denver and New York then he was playing in Charlotte. Speed = Efficiency. (it also = horrible defense)

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Show me where i said that NBK? and also show me where you have seen them talk about keeping the slowest pace in the league going..

  • http://slamonline.com Tracy

    When you look at it, it’s kinda sad that an entire summer in the gym just working on a jumpshot, would have him picking where he wants to go instead of having this guy used as constant trade bait. @ LakeShow, is it really possible to never be able to have a jumpshot?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I made a side comment because I think people underrate Dre as a player. I think it’s been true for his entire career.
    And that’s partially his own fault because he never corrected an obvious issue, and he has admitted that he doesn’t even touch a basketball during the offseason.
    Anyway, Felton is cool, but I like the way Dre runs a team. And honestly, he’s never played on a team that was SUPPOSED to get out of the first round. All of his teams were the underdog if I remember correctly.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    LakeShow Posted: Jun.28 at 4:18 pm
    Yeah Portland doesn’t want to be the slowest paced team in the league anymore.

    “We feel like he’s a player entering the prime of his career. Matches up a with a lot of the guys on our roster as-is.” – Chad Buchannan

    “They take advantage of what you give them,” Felton said of the Blazers. “If you take a bad shot or commit a turnover they’re a team that’s capable of running on you at the time. But for the most part I think it’s more of a slow-pace, halfcourt type of team. They set the ball up and really just give it to the great scorer that they have, LaMarcus Aldridge. Who I think, in my opinion, should have been an All-Star this year. He’s one of the best four men in the league.” – Raymond Felton.

    —- First teams don’t change their style of play for 1 ROLE player. Second, the team was built to play a certain way, if their GM or Acting GM feels like Felton fits the team AS IS then he is saying Felton fits their style of play also. And Third, even Felton acknowledges the slow pace the Blazers play.

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    How many former Bobcats are gonna be on Portland’s roster?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Bobcats took Portlands old GM. They just trading players for front office personnel.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Hmmm so not being the slowest paced team in the league anymore = becoming a running team because superstar Raymond Felton is coming to change the culture. Got it. Allot of liberties taken there but okay.. I stand by my statement that Felton today is better for Portland than Miller. And you stand by your 2nd best pg in the league a decade ago stance. Allen P you are corrrect on all accounts.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lakeshow you clearly have issues with reading comprehension. You said the reason they were getting rid of Andre Miller was because they didn’t like being the slowest team in the league anymore. And i quote “Yeah Portland doesn’t want to be the slowest paced team in the league anymore. Hence, Later Dre” — Which was a made up reason BY YOU that they are traded Andre Miller. I told you, (because of that ignorant statement), teams DON’T change their style of play for one ROLE player (Raymond Felton). — Not a single liberty taken, just me reading your stupid assumption (that’s what it obviously was) and replying as to why it isn’t true. And if Allen is right on all accounts and you said that seriously then you also agree with what I said. If your trying to be sarcastic about what Allen and I said, then you need more practice.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Portland played slow before they got Andre Miller. That’s how Nate McMillian likes to play because it often makes it easier to play defense.
    Miller actually made them faster because he was better at running the break then Steve Blake.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I’d take Eric Maynor over all PG. Ziiiiing. Your right I did assume that Portland wanted to not be the slowest paced team in the league anymore by getting rid of the slowest PG in the L and getting a much faster one. What do you take from the trade, that they still wish they had Dre’s old slow ass on the team and wish they didn’t upgrade to a faster one? I’m the idiot. Okay.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    They got a younger PG (who they tried to sign last summer) who can run the SAME system. Plain and Simple. The closest thing to running that Felton will supply in Portland is more Pick and Rolls and less Drive and Kick plays. (because, despite their perceived difference in speed) Andre Miller was/is actually better at getting to the basket…..and running the break. He also measures out as a better player if you look at ANY advanced stat, except true shooting % which we all know is a result of Miller’s complete lack of a 3pt Shot. Basically Portland just traded their PG for a guy whose less efficient but 8 years younger.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    you and that Eric Maynor thing, you just keep brining up your lack of reading comprehension like your funny or smart. What I said about Erick Maynor still stands, OKC’s OFFENSE is better with him then Russell Westbrook. This is a measurable FACT.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Haha. You crack me up dogg. You unlike me are quite funny. I’m going to stick by my statement of Felton being better and faster. As the next year progresses we shall see fella.

  • max

    Chauncey overrated?Come on,he played great in the 04 and 05 finals.He had an MVP like season in 06 with the Pistons.His prime stats in Detroit are a little misleading because of the slow pace of the team.Whereever he went to,his teams got to the playoffs.7 straight Western Conference finals as the starting point guard of two completly different teams.Behind Steve Nash and Jason Kidd,he is the 3rd best point guard of the 00-10 era,Dre Miller just slightly behind him.But overrated,please.And I agree:Miller is underated and I thought he played a good series against the Mavs,at least he showed poise and will.Portland would have won the series with one or two good perimeter shooters.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    You should get a T-Shirt like LeBrons “Check my Stats”, but that just says “Check out Stats, they are awesome and tell all”

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Felton is faster. But so is Usain Bolt, I’d still rather have Andre Miller running my team. — Whose better is an opinion thing if you don’t care about efficiency. I won’t get into an argument about your opinion. And Felton very well SHOULD have a better statistical season, he’s gonna play 36 minutes a game, Andre Miller is going to play 25-30. So your going to technically be right unless of course you factor in efficiency/per minute production.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I was just going to go off of how the team does overall, how they look how far they go. I’m more of a visual person. I trust my eyes more than stats. Thats actually the shirt i’m gunna get. “Check My Eyes, They 20-15, F, Stats”

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Stats don’t tell you anything if you don’t know how to look at them. And they never tell you anything by themselves. If I came in here and explained how I watch a religious amount of basketball and have seen both guys play countless games you would just say, BS anyone can say that. But if I bring up stats its you and everyone else who has some kind of weird superiority over stats, professional analysts, and scouts sarcastic BS reaction, there is no way to logically get something across to people that think their opinions are right just because its their opinion. Your having conversations on a basketball website, you should be able to re-examine your own stance on subjects or atleast be able to take someone elses POV without acting like a child. Unless your here for the same reasons as others, just to argue and troll.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You can’t go off of how good the team does. Portland is going to be a year older for one, and they will have a full training camp with Gerald Wallace. Plus its very unlikely they will be without a backup Center for an entire season again. Plus Denver IMO won’t have anywhere near the success they had post-melo. nowhere close

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Max
    I think Billups, particularly since Larry Brown stopped coaching him, takes horrible shots.
    Yes, dude can score. Yes, he runs a team well and gets to the line. But, I honestly believe that his shot selection hurts his team just as often as his shot making helps his team. That’s my opinion after watching him for years.
    I believe Miller’s only weakness is his inability to hit that jumper with regularity. He plays the point position perfectly in every other way. I just really like his game. If I had a prospect I would make him watch Andre Miller game film.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    They have been a year older every year and haven’t progressed much. Thats not a bold statement about Denver by any means. Duh they won’t. And i would still try to argue my position on everything by what i SEE over what the numbers SAY, every time. And your not a troll everytime you comment on someone negatively, but i am.(even if i say it jokingly, yet your all serious mr. business over here… ‘you can’t comprehend, your can’t read’ etc.) Got it. Precedence set.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    And YES I can go by how well they play next year. If they win another 5-10 games and go to the 2nd round and Felton is balling, then yes they are better because of the new starting PG they traded for to help their team win.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Sarcasm doesn’t work in a comment section. Especially with how you use it, while trying to also argue your point. And Portland has gotten exponentially better, they “stayed the same” despite their Star player turning into a role player, all of their centers falling apart, a midseason trade, and their GM debacle. It’s like you dont know anything about the team your describing. Portland should and will be better next season

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    The stats don’t say they are better though NBK. Thread end lol. Actually watch the games this next year instead of sitting on NBAdotcom checking how well someones PER is doing so far this year.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Seriously sonics fan, you either didn’t look or don’t know how to read advanced stats if you can’t clearly see that Miller was the better player last season. And you literally have no idea how much basketball I watch. No clue

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Thats a good sound to me thank you. I don’t read advance stats at all. Not my thing. I don’t really have a problem with them. And i think they can tell you allot i just don’t like to use them myself. I play allot of ball and I don’t know what my advance stats are i just know if i’m playing well or not. Thats how i watch bball. Watch to see if they are playing well. Being aggressive, smart, executing plays well etc. Thats just for me tho. Your right I don’t know how much u watch. But you just like to demean people so i like to do it back to you.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Where did i say Felton was better then Miller last year. I’d put them on par last year. With Miller aging and Felton in his prime this next year they will separate and it will be obvious whom is currently better(Felton imo).

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I misunderstood what you meant by “stats don’t say they are better though” my bad I thought you were talkin bout Felton and Miller. And Felton will definitely looks better next season, he’s Denvers point guard with ZERO risk of losing his job. The best Andre Miller can HOPE for is to split minutes with Lawson. There will be no comparison next season. But that doesn’t mean Felton is better for the Blazers next season then Miller. (he’s definitely better for the future)

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Should he take it personal? Sounds kinda petty but if that’s your fuel, do what you gotta do. Dre’s seems like he’s always been dragged through the mud for what he doesn’t do without getting recognized for what he does do.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Well good news NBK I just moved into my new office and i’m going to have more time for awesome pointless convo! Sweet I know. Try to get some sleep tonight tho. (cough sarcasm)

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Let’s not act like we don’t comment here to argue and discuss. That’s basically the purpose, I come here to win arguments or to learn something new. You com here & argue just for exposure to my genius (I hope I don’t have to cough)

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    If this lockout thing goes ahead i’m going to take that personally.

  • dannyb

    Nobody in this league is better at faking a time-out than Andre Miller. NOBODY.

  • dma

    Lets think about this Mr Miller. You signed a 3 year deal with team options at the end of year year. You were blazers third choice in free agency that year behind Paul Milsap and hedo freaking turkogly. You came into camp complaining and pouted even more when steve blake got the starting job and they traded him to shut you up. And you’re the one taking it personally why??

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Steve Blake only got the starting job because Brandon Roy pouted like a punk and didn’t want to play with Miller.
    Nobody believes Steve Blake beat Andre Miller out for that job honestly, which is why Andre pouted. And when Roy went down, and they put Miller in the lineup, the team saw marked improvement from it’s other players, particularly Aldridge.
    But I guess nobody noticed that.

  • K- Fizzle

    Hey idiots who think Dre sucks, have u even watched a Portland game in your life? Real rip city fans will miss the man but y’all who haven’t seen a game here’s a little info. First, he is a leader. He steps out and takes charge at any moment. Everybody needs a veteran like him. Second, he passes just as good as rondo and Paul without the speed last, Dre pumped his teams up and has always been a positive addition to any team. Stop talking bs bout Dre cause Portland loved him and he shouldve taken it personally. He liked it in Portland. All u other NBA teams buy your championships. We earn our spot alright so shut your rich butt up and go talk about golfing cause u know nothing bout the NBA

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