Brad Miller might play forever…

Last summer, I could have sworn Brad Miller said that part of him would rather be hunting back in Indiana than playing professional basketball. I took this to mean he was considering retirement when his giant contract ($12+ million) expires next summer.

Not so!

On why his NBA days aren’t over:
“You know with my basketball IQ I think I can overcome the shortness of athleticism and quickness that I’m finally starting to lose at my age.”

What do you mean, Brad?!

Oh.

On what kind of cash he expects to make:
“I won’t be asking for the same amount (seven years, $68 million). I do call myself a realist. Hopefully, I’ll get more (than league minimum) but it’s not about money. I just want to play. I think I have not too many more but definitely one or two more seasons in me.”

Hey, if Greg Ostertag can hang around for 11 seasons — still unbelievable, right? — why can’t Brad make it 13 or 14?

On his original NBA expectations:
“No way I could’ve predicted this. I thought maybe I’d get a couple of years in and call it good. It has been an amazing ride. I just kept going.”

Bet he didn’t expect this either. Or this.

On his post-game routine:
“I don’t do anything off the court. I just stay in bed, stay on the couch, play with my daughter when I’m home and get as much rest as I can.”

As long as he doesn’t try washing any dishes

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10 Responses to Brad Miller might play forever…

  1. big baller 86 February 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    if Brad would come back for the leauge minimum or a little over maybe like 1yr 1.5 mil i’d love to have him back because hes still a very serviceable backup and with Taj playing great and maybe if Hakim stays for about another 2 mil a year on a 2 yr deal Brad won’t have to play as much and can be fresh with rest during season to bang in playoffs with the likes of Shaq, D. Howard etc. wen Noah needs a rest all this im saying is with my prediction that we sign Bosh or Boozer (currently praying bout that daily) lol

  2. BULLS FAN IN OH February 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    the bulls will bring him back they won’t have to pay him much, he’s a good vet to have on the team, looking at the rankings, if the season ended today we would playin boston in the first round, i like this team chances of adavancing in the second round im too excited, i know the bull don’t have a shot a the finals i wanna make the second round

  3. BULLS FAN IN OH February 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    oh yeah that demar derozen dunk, nothing special acting like he dunked over miller calm down mr on the pa system

  4. handkuft@yahoo.com'
    GotNext February 26, 2010 at 4:06 am #

    Brad Miller can do his top of the key pump fake then an ensuing 3 hours drive to the hoop till his 60. The bulls would be dumb not to sign him back, he loves playing with Noah and could teach a crafty veteran new tricks. Seriously, when I think of a word crafty veteran, I get a mental picture of Brad hitting a 3 and doing that thing he does.

    Had no clue who he was when he got drafted. I laughed at his vertical (lol), laughed even harder when he made it to team usa, couldn’t stand him in Sacramento but you can’t argue his value. He earned his spot and respect here, and it doesn’t even matter that he pulled a Shaq and took half a season to play him self into shape.

  5. Ryan February 26, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    I love seeing some recognition for Brad! He is a solid player, and has taught Noah and Taj the art of passing and position. I see it sooo much in games, especially with Noah (when he was playing at a high level). I think this guy is a coach in a uniform for some of these guys – similar to Hunter, but with PT. Yea, he’s slow, but there are only 24 seconds on the shot clock? Give the old man a break… “3 hours drive to the hoop till his 60?” He has one of the most practical head fakes in the NBA, what sets hime apart is his cleverness (and Hitting a few 3′s).

  6. bullsbythehorns@gmail.com'
    Matt McHale February 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    “I love seeing some recognition for Brad!”

    And I like giving it to him. Of course, like Brad, I’m a former Boilermaker, so that lends itself to a certain amount of bias. But even then, Miller’s a dude who went UNDRAFTED out of Purdue but caught on with a team (the Charlotte Hornets) and has managed to hang around for 11 seasons (and going).

    And he’s done more than just hang around. Brad was an All-Star twice, once in both Conferences. He has a diverse set of skills and a really high basketball IQ. Compare his career to, say, Kwame Brown, a guy who went FIRST OVERALL in the NBA draft.

  7. bob.edwards47@yahoo.com'
    Boppinbob February 26, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    I do hope that the Bulls resign Brad Miller. He provides valuable PT and is an excellent coach on the court. I think he is far more valuable to the Bulls than Lindsay Hunter. The development of Noah and Gibson are partly attributable to Brad. Hopefully the Bulls will offer him more than the minimum and do not insult him.

  8. Ryan February 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    Bob,
    Did you borrow my voicebox? I think Brad will get his well deserved dues.

    Matt,
    I wanted to share my Purdue All Time NBA 4-man team. Brad Miller, Brian Cardinal, Joe Barry Carroll, and Glen ‘Big Dog’ Robinson. This team has Lightning quick speed, out-of-this-world athletisism, and jump-out-of-the-gym hops… Kidding aside, some great players with excellent basketball IQ’s and a ‘heart and soul’ for the game. Let me know some ‘Honorable Mentions’ please.

  9. Anonymous March 15, 2010 at 2:54 am #

    The Bulls should tank the season in the hopes of getting lucky again in the lottery, fire GarPax and DelNegro and go after TT (Ha Ha)in FA because non of the big 3 are coming here.

  10. rfmdpres@comcast.net'
    cleansupwell March 15, 2010 at 2:58 am #

    The Bulls should tank the season in the hopes of getting lucky again in the lottery, then fire GarPax and DelNegro and go after TT as a free agent (ha, ha) since none of the big three are coming here. And yes they would be dumb enough to give Joe Johnson a max deal.

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