Darius Miller joined Sean Kelley on yesterday’s edition of the Black and Blue Report and he can’t wait for the arrival of the Pelicans season.
The most salient point he made on podcast was that he’s a maturer person off the court — identifying the need to eat healthier foods than say Company Burger or dishes of jambalaya all too often — and a much improved player than fans last witnessed in New Orleans.
“My jumper is way more consistent,” said Miller. “I feel like I’ve always been able to shoot, but I wasn’t as consistent as I wanted to be last time around. Just everything, man, everything really -- I’ve just gotten better. I’ve gotten way better. I think most of it was a confidence thing. A lot of it was mental. A lot of it was me taking care of my body, but in every way really, I feel like I’ve gotten better.”
Miller believes that the Pelicans will be able to compete with just about anybody. New Orleans has a lot of good pieces, but he did caution that it may take a little time for all of it to come together because of all the new faces.
Although Miller is a fan of the team’s chemistry, he’s really excited by the amount of experience and leadership on this roster. Miller sees a lot of good differences from the time he left for Germany, over two years ago, to now. He mentioned the importance of veterans like Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen, and notices the growth and maturity exhibited by Anthony Davis. Miller feels there a lot of different guys willing to lead, and that’s going to be a good thing.
As for how he sees himself fitting into Alvin Gentry’s system, Miller sees a lot of opportunity for all of the perimeter role players.
“Man, I think there is going to be a lot of opportunities for the wing guys to get open looks. You got DeMarcus, you got AD, you got Rondo, you got Jrue — that’s a lot of attention being demanded by those guys so I feel like the rest of us will have a lot of opportunities at open looks.”
Don’t forget: Media day is this coming Monday. We’re almost there!