Quincy Miller knows what it's like to be in the middle of a shuffle. After all, he comes from a family of 14. And his toughness is also bred from that home in Waukegan, just outside Chicago. At age 12, a 17-year-old sister sister died in a car crash.
Now, he's part of a 20-man group, fighting for what is basically one spot. The 6'9" foward has played sparingly, but he has played in each of the team's four games, averaging 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds. Could he reap some beneifit out of the Nets injuries to their back-up bigs: Willie Reed (out 6-to-8 weeks with a torn thumb ligament, Andrea Bargnani (yet to play with a hamstring injury) and Thomas Robinson (who still has some residual wrist issues from his fall in the Nets first preseason game.)
Besides Miller, there's Justin Harper and Chris Daniels, who've both had their moments, but Miller has the most NBA experience of any of them, having started 16 games in three years. But roster math is tricky and would require some outside-the-box and outside-the-roster thinking.
Miller, who was close to Baylor teammate Isaish Austin before a diasgnosis of Marfan's Syndrome shut him down, thinks no matter what he's given it his best shot.
"That’s how I look at it."Like I said, I’m just happy to be here. I’m not looking at it in a negative way. There’s a lot of guys who want to be in my position, so that’s the way I look at it. I take things into perspective," said a philosophical Miller.
- How being one of 14 children prepared Quincy Miller for NBA - Tim Bontemps - New York Post