Could It Be Miller Time at MSG?

By Jerald LeVon Hoover, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: July 10, 2009

NEW YORK (BASN) — The New York Knicks could and should be setting their sights to a free agent with the last name of Miller who is a known Knick killer. No, not Reggie Miller, he’s been retired now for the past 3 years.

But, Philadelphia 76er point guard Andre Miller. He’s about all the Knicks need at the starting point guard spot: he has an outstanding basketball IQ; he can run a team with the best of them; he’s a smart defender and although he’s not much of a 3-point shooter, his midrange game is deadly.

And to top it off at 32 years old, he’s 4 and 5 years younger than Grant Hill and Jason Kidd; 2 legends that the Knicks were chasing.

Miller won’t come cheap however, and the Knicks should proceed with caution. After all, players have been known to use teams like the Knicks and Yankees to jack up prices for other teams to take them seriously.

If the Knicks kick around the tires and see that Miller is genuinely interested in joining them then if the mid-level exemption isn’t enough they should immediately work towards a sign and trade or three-team trade of some magnitude to ensure Miller is in their hands.

Miller is the type of player that makes players better.

Look at what he did once he was traded by the Denver Nuggets to the 76ers; and look at what Iverson did. The Knicks have to think 2010 but they also have to be smart also. Miller is the type of point guard you grab in free agency frenzy and be happy with it.

Incumbent starting point guard Chris Duhon isn’t the answer for the Knicks. He isn’t explosive or offensive-minded enough to keep opposing starting guards honest and he’s turnover prone when he gets tired. He would be best served as one of the League’s best back ups.

First round draft pick, Toney Douglas could either learn from the both of them or be used as a Ben Gordon type off guard. If Douglas proves to be the goods in Summer League play and in scrimmages, perhaps you could use Nate Robinson as sign and trade bait.

NBA NOTES

Looks like future Hall of Famer, Allen Iverson will be playing NBA basketball after all next season. For a moment there it appeared that Iverson had played his last game in the NBA because on the surface there didn’t seem to be a team out there suitable for what he wanted; at least not a winning team.

But, for every Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs or Orlando Magic team out there, there’s a Memphis Grizzles team wanting to sell tickets and build fan awareness.