Back in late May, Mike Miller professed his ‘man-crush’ on LeBron James via Twitter. When coming across this sometime in early September, I thought, ‘okay, let’s give this guy the benefit of the doubt.’ For one, his proclamation occurred way before he joined the Wizards. And let’s be honest, despite my hatred of LeBron, the guy is a damn fine basketball player.
Unfortunately, Miller just doesn’t seem to know any better. It’s kinda like the greasy-faced tween-age boys who have crushes on Megan Fox. Grown men know better. Sure, most so-called grown men wouldn’t kick Fox out the bed, i.e., wouldn’t mind LeBron James on their team. However, neither of these happen without compromising personal beliefs (and cheating on whomever you’re with/your team … especially if you’re a Wizards fans, but a distaste for LeBron is growing around the league).
My point: LeBron getting “Chosen One” tattooed on his back is just as douchey as Fox getting Marilyn Monroe tattooed on her forearm. (Cavs fans, I know you’re wondering, where does getting Abe Lincoln’s face tattooed on the front of your neck fit in? I’m not sure, and I won’t even begin to explain.)
Also, Fox’s hissy-fits on the set of Transformers easily compare to LeBron’s temper-tantrums when peddling his self-serving movie that essentially highlights the fact that the French translation of ‘team’ has an ‘i’ in it.
Ok, I digress … but spewing about LeBron James negativity is always worth it.
Back to Miller’s crush on James, he didn’t exactly help his cause on Monday’s media day by showing up wearing LeBron James Nike shoes. According to a Tweet via Mike Jones of the Washington Times, Miller had no idea that James was so unpopular in DC. But to Miller’s credit, he did seem game to reverse Wizards playoff futility against the Cavs.
So, we still welcome Miller with open arms, just as long as he doesn’t become the bro below.
Miller’s last season in Minnesota might have been his most painful of the three. After being acquired by the Timberwolves in the trade that sent Kevin Love to Minnesota and O.J. Mayo to Memphis, Miller was expected to provide leadership and potent outside scoring to compliment Love and budding star Al Jefferson.
Instead, Miller struggled through an ankle injury and literally stopped shooting. He attempted just 7.5 shots per game, significantly down from his career average of 11, and spilled his frustration to a Minnesota reporter that asked him about not shooting, saying “It’s called basketball. James Naismith invented it a long time ago.”
Miller declined to discuss last season in detail, saying only that “it is what it is right now, it’s in the past,” but when asked about what he could bring to the Wizards, he primarily discussed his ability to shoot.