HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Not every career milestone in the NBA will be met with the fanfare of Ray Allen becoming the most prolific 3-point shooter in league history, Kobe Bryant chewing up real estate on the career scoring chart or even Kevin Love establishing a modern-day mark for consecutive double-doubles.
Sometimes, for whatever reasons, the moment comes and goes and hardly anyone stops to appreciate the gravity of what took place and where it ranks in the annals of the game.
And sometimes that moment is cloaked in such a bittersweet coating that it’s almost best not to mention it, especially to the man whose milestone was achieved. Such was the case for Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller, whose passing of Celtics legend Bob Cousy for 14th place on the career assists list was shrouded in late-game struggles in a loss to the Lakers Sunday at Staples Center.
Miller’s five assists give him 6,957 for his career, moving him ahead of Cousy (6,955). But it came on a night that saw him commit his only two turnovers in the fourth quarter, in a game where he shot just 3-for-14 from the floor.
In fact, Miller was more emphatic about being fouled by Bryant on a critical possession late in the game than he was about anything. He probably wasn’t even aware of his passing of Cousy. But that’s what we’re here for. We’ll help him celebrate his ascent up the all-time assists chart.
Miller has always seemed like the kind of guy that doesn’t really get caught up in his own hype, so we’ll stir it up for him a little bit. Just so we are clear, the only other active players that live in the gated community of playmakers that Miller does are Jason Kidd (No. 2 all-time behind John Stockton) and Steve Nash (No. 6 all-time behind Oscar Robertson). When the names between you and those luminaries and future Hall of Famers include all-time greats like Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Gary Payton, Lenny Wilkens, Mark Jackson, Tim Hardaway and others, that puts you in pretty good company.
Since Miller is probably still boiling today about the way that game against the Lakers ended, we’ll make sure his milestone is recognized appropriately here at the hideout all day today!