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Andre Miller is not on the Blake Griffin All-Star Bandwagon

Feb 4, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

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Blake Griffin — the rookie highlight package of the Clippers — is in the All-Star Game.

Kevin Love and his video game stats are out. LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland is out as well.

Andre Miller, the Trail Blazers point guard, thinks that’s a travesty, as Jason Quick reported in the Oregonian.

“It’s all publicity and hype,’’ Miller said (of Griffin). “The league don’t appreciate the blue collar workers. They don’t appreciate that. They make their money off the high-flyers … That’s a slap in the face to (Aldridge).’’

What particularly irked Miller, who is in his 12th NBA season, is the selection of Griffin, the Clippers rookie. Griffin is averaging 23.0 points and 12.7 rebounds.

“They are putting this guy on every ESPN highlight. Yeah, it’s cool because fans want to see that, but you isolate him from his team,’’ Miller said. “Especially … he ain’t made nobody better. It’s basically his rookie year, as an All-Star? LeBron James didn’t make an All-Star team as a rookie.’’

Remember that Miller was suspended for a game — ending his 632 consecutive games played streak – when Miller intentionally ran into Griffin when the two teams played earlier this season. Miller said he was standing up for himself after Griffin had twice pushed him in the back.

You know why Griffin is in and Aldridge is out? Because Griffin is having a better season. And he is making guys better.

Griffin is shooting 51.7 percent this season, Aldridge is at 48.7 percent, which is why Griffin is scoring a couple more points per game. Griffin is also grabbing a higher percentage of rebounds when he is on the floor. More to Miller’s point Griffin is also a better passer and nearly double the percentage of his possessions end up in an assist as compared to Aldridge. Summed up — Aldridge has a good (borderline All-Star) PER of 20,8, but Griffin is at a much higher at 23.3.

Griffin is more than highlight dunks. He has the quickest spin move out of the post in the league. His midrange jumper has become good enough that you have to respect it. He plays physical defense. Rookie or no, he’s a legit All-Star.

  1. smashmouthrb25 - Feb 4, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Really Andre? As a basketball player you cannot honestly say that Griffin should not be in. Please put your personal issues with Griffin aside.

    Especially..He aint made nobody better.
    Eric Gordon is better, and Baron is better….Griffin demands attention which allows them to get their shots off….

    • passerby23 - Feb 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      Agreed. This is just a case of sour grapes. The Clippers are a MUCH better team and Griffin is putting up huge numbers. With an addition or two, this is a competitive playoff team.

      Lebron shot 41.7% in his rookie season – not exactly a glowing shooting percentage despite his good overall numbers.

      • hardscramble - Feb 4, 2011 at 6:13 PM

        Are you kidding me? The Clips are 19-29 and mainly healthy, the Blazers are 26-23 despite being decimated by injuries. How can the clippers be “a MUCH better team” with a record like that? Plus, in head to head games this season the Blazers are 3-0 against the Clips. The Blazers are the better team. There can be no question because the Blazer proved it 3 times this year on the court.

        LaMarcus dominated both Blake and Kevin Love in their last meetings and has been carrying a playoff bound team since Roy went out with injury. Neither Blake nor Love are playoff bound. Just because you are the best player on a bad team doesn’t make you an all-star.

        Dre isn’t the only player to accuse Blake of taking cheap shots either.
        http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/17/blake-griffin-lamar-odom-ejected-after-tussle-over-hustle
        (which by the way resulted in the best basketball quote of the year so far)
        http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/18/quote-of-the-day-ron-artest-loves-him-some-in-n-out-burgers/

        And the fact the relatively diminutive Miller isn’t afraid to put the bigger Griffin on his back is just a testament to the fact that Dre ain’t a “little b****” at all. He won’t let anyone bully him which is the opposite of “little b****” behavior.

        Granted Blake is a legit all star. The thing is that Aldridge is too. Hopefully they’ll get the Ming replacement right and pick up Aldridge and not Kevin Love.

        If love gets in it’ll be because of the round mound of unsound opinions is spouting off nonstop about his love for Love. It’s no wonder Chuck likes Love. Kevin is the same type of player that Sir Charles was. Chuck only loves one thing more than himself and that’s the sound of his own voice. The thing about Chuck is that he thinks he knows more about basketball than he does. If he actually knew much about basketball he wouldn’t have lost so much money gambling on it that they had to kick him out of Vegas.

  2. thestudiokida - Feb 4, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Remember how bitter Andre Miller was that he got suspended a game for his cheap shots on Blake Superior? He’s no iron man. He’s showing his true colors as a little b****.

    Blake Griffin has done the impossible by reviving the Clippers. I hope he has a long career and makes 20 all-star appearances. Maybe he can dedicate his All-Star MVP award to Andre Miller.

  3. smashmouthrb25 - Feb 4, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    agreed…I argue with people all the time…if the Clippers did not have a slow start this season, they are playing for the 8 spot in the playoffs…now that Gordon is hurt kinda changes things…but still…Griffin has made L.A. proud of more than just the Lakers now…w/out Griffin the Clippers would be fighting w/ the Cavs for the worse team.

  4. jimsjam33 - Feb 4, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    The true all-stars this year are Blake Griffin and Kevin Love . Besides the fans in Portland , who wants to see LaMarcus Aldridge in the game . Not me . He doesn’t deserve it . Love replaces Yao Ming for a spot . That’s justice .

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