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brich
07-20-2008, 01:42 PM
This might be old news...I have only been checking in once and awhile...but thought it might be interesting conversation based on the latest Shawnee incident.

http://www.sacbee.com/100/v-print/story/1092070.html


Kings' Miller vows he'll rebound after suspension
By Sam Amick - samick@sacbee.com
Published 12:00 am PDT Friday, July 18, 2008
LAS VEGAS There's only one road in Brad Miller's mind, and that's to recovery.

In a remorseful and candid interview, the Kings center who failed a drug test for a third time because of marijuana use late last season discussed his transgressions for the first time publicly Thursday. Miller was suspended for the first five games of this coming season and will lose approximately $693,000 of his $11.3 million salary.

Yet as he talked by phone while his 18-month-old daughter Anniston played in the background, he said the lost wages don't matter nearly as much as the importance of changing his ways.

Q: Brad, you knew this was coming. But what was your reaction when the news came out?

A: I just want to try and take advantage of all of the resources. As soon as I get back to Sac, I have to go and talk to a doctor and stuff, just try and take advantage of that. Obviously, I know I'm an idiot for putting myself in this situation.

Sometimes things have to get really bad before I fix things in my life, and that's (how) it's been my whole life.

Telling mom (Rosie Miller) and grandma (Mary Ann Heitz) wasn't a great conversation to have, obviously. It was pretty tough trying to take the high road in terms of trying to take advantage of people and resources (the league makes) you have to do and help me get through it. All the stress gets to you, and this is one way to take my mind off of everything. I'll look for something different. I don't like sleeping pills that's my biggest problem. Whether it's some sort of vitamin or something that can help as well. I want to talk to (medical professionals) and find some help. That's one of the main things I'm going to do when I get back to Sacramento.

Q: Is the stress and helping you sleep your main reasons for using it?

A: It's tough to sleep, you know. And you know, the people who might think I'm a bad guy for this I'm not a bad guy. I'm still me. It's just one thing I thought would help. It obviously wasn't the right thing to do, but it was helpful to my mental state. I have normal Brad and the when-I-get-on-that-court Brad. It's a battle all the time to get that balance between the two. People meet me, and they're like, "Man, you're not laid back." Well, that's because you never met me off the court. We'll see how they (doctors) can help and make it easier. One goal is to come back in even better shape than last year. That's what I've got to do right now. No. 1 and No. 2 goals are to get the health and come back and have another hell of a year.

Q: You have guys out there like (Dallas') Josh Howard who just say, "This is what I do," but you sound like you're trying to cut it out of your life.

A: Back in the day, I was worse. Obviously, the little one has changed a lot of my philosophies and a lot of the ways I act.

Q: Two years ago, you didn't have the season you wanted to have. You come back refreshed and in much better shape, physically in a whole different world. Has this been a process the last couple years to clean things up overall outside of this situation?

A: The thing is, I don't like drinking anymore. A couple years ago I'll say it I drank way too much and didn't like who I was. It wasn't good for my relationship (with longtime girlfriend Abby Robinson) and basketball and everything. I'm just trying to find a way to change out of that, that relief. I haven't done it (smoked marijuana) in years during the season. I just drank and that wasn't a good thing to do. I didn't like that person at all. My boys (friends) did, but that's your boys.

Q: I'm sure you care first about your family and friends, but Big Brad has received plenty of love over the years from Kings fans. Was it a blow to the gut to have your name out there like this and see the reaction from those folks?

A: It definitely (was) because I was having a good year, and this obviously puts a big damper on the year that it was. When stuff gets bad, I've always tried to persevere and come back stronger come back as strong as I can mentally and physically, just everything. That's one thing I can do and that's what my goal is right now.

Q: What are the specifics on what you do right now whether it's treatment or therapy? What goes on here?

A: Go to therapy, talk to the doctors and get everything out there and see what it does. It's not going to hurt. That's for sure. I've been wanting to go for a couple of years. If this (situation) is what it takes, then that's what I'm looking at. This is what finally got me in there to talk to somebody. In college I went a couple of times when I was thinking about leaving Purdue my sophomore year.

Q: Related to this (marijuana) or other stuff?

A: Other stuff that probably needs to come up again, family stuff. Starting to get underneath all the pressures and all that stuff and get a handle on everything. It's been a long time, and I'm just looking to get some help.

Q: You sound pretty open to anything.

A: I'm open to anything. If this is what helped me, then obviously there's got to be something else out there that I haven't found yet that I'd like to find. I'm open to whatever they can give me that can help me out.

Q: Not to get too personal with you, but what gets at you so much as far as the pressures? Basketball, life stuff?

A: Just people. I'm obviously very private, and you have so many people always coming at you wanting for something. I understand it's because of the situation I'm in, but I want to just (alleviate) the pressures and see how I can handle it.

When I make a guarantee, I stick to it. This ain't going to happen. I guarantee everybody that. If you think this makes me a bad person, you don't know me. I've made mistakes. Everybody makes mistakes. I just happen to be in the NBA and everybody sees it.

Q: Have you received more support or grief from people around you?

A: I got a lot of grief, which is expected. When it came out, I was on a houseboat trip with my friends (in Kentucky). My true friends really support me. People who might not be a true friend get on you and make you feel like you're an awful person for this. This is when my true friends have come out and been supportive and helpful.

Q: Any relief that this is out there and there's only one road to go down?

A: Relief isn't the word, but it's just knowing that there's only one way to go. Making more improvements.


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grace
07-20-2008, 01:48 PM
http://www.pacersdigest.com/apache2-default/showthread.php?t=40251

Shade
07-20-2008, 01:49 PM
Kings' Miller vows he'll rebound after suspension

I look for Brad to average 10 boards a game after the suspension. ;)


Sometimes things have to get really bad before I fix things in my life, and that's (how) it's been my whole life.

<snip>*snip*

Back in the day, I was worse.

<snip>*snip*

A couple years ago – I'll say it – I drank way too much and didn't like who I was. It wasn't good for my relationship (with longtime girlfriend Abby Robinson) and basketball and everything.

<snip>*snip*

Other stuff that probably needs to come up again, family stuff. Starting to get underneath all the pressures and all that stuff and get a handle on everything. It's been a long time, and I'm just looking to get some help.Does anyone else think this may have had at least a little influence on TPTB's decision to "trade" him for Pollard?</snip></snip></snip>

Bball
07-20-2008, 01:51 PM
Does anyone else think this may have had at least a little influence on TPTB's decision to "trade" him for Pollard?

Booze or dope or both?

-Bball

brich
07-20-2008, 01:51 PM
http://www.pacersdigest.com/apache2-default/showthread.php?t=40251

Thanks Grace! At least the article is new. :)

grace
07-20-2008, 01:52 PM
Does anyone else think this may have had at least a little influence on TPTB's decision to "trade" him for Pollard?

Since Tinsley is still here I'd have to say the answer is no.

YoSoyIndy
07-20-2008, 02:43 PM
Does anyone else think this may have had at least a little influence on TPTB's decision to "trade" him for Pollard?</snip></snip></snip>

I do. Those close to Brad are aware of his persistent weed-smoking, which played into him always getting either run-down or hurt by mid-season. That and the high contract offers from Utah and Sacramento.

Some people can get away w/ smoking and not let it negatively affect them. Brad hasn't.

ChicagoJ
07-20-2008, 10:16 PM
The guy has had to play with Ron Artest for three different teams. I'd be stressed out too.

grace
07-20-2008, 10:22 PM
The guy has had to play with Ron Artest for three different teams. I'd be stressed out too.

Good point.

GrangerRanger
07-21-2008, 12:37 AM
What really makes me wonder is.. Howard of Dallas has already said "I smoke Mary Jane" on live radio and he isn't forced into some testing? He isn't banned for the first 5 games of the season?

Trader Joe
07-21-2008, 12:49 AM
I hope Brad finds the help he is looking for. I'm not sure marijuana is his problem necessarily, but it is definetely a symptom. Brad just seems to have an addictive personality to be honest, which is why I would think it is risky to get him involved with sleep medication or anti-anxiety(stess) meds. Those things are extremely addictive.

indygeezer
07-21-2008, 06:49 AM
(lookout, here comes Geezer's liberal side)

I highly recommend meditation and yoga for stress relief.

Los Angeles
07-21-2008, 09:43 AM
(lookout, here comes Geezer's liberal side)

I highly recommend meditation and yoga for stress relief.

I've been doing yoga for months. Lost 20 pounds and feeling fan-****ing-tastic.

Ramitt
07-21-2008, 09:56 AM
The guy has had to play with Ron Artest for three different teams. I'd be stressed out too.
He should definitely qualify for a prescription for medical Marijuana.