C.J. Miles' Player Mailbox
C.J. Miles has been a rock-solid veteran and one of the squad’s top three-point marksmen in his two seasons with the Wine and Gold.
The 26-year-old Dallas native turned in a record-setting night from beyond the arc a couple weeks ago against Philly – canning ten treys in a 111-93 win – and has averaged 15.4 points per contest in 2014 – notching double-figures in seven of his last 11 games.
But the reason C.J. is once again hosting a Player Mailbox is because of his knowledge of many things basketball and beyond. Miles is an accomplished musician, among other things, and can chew the fat on just about any topic. He does exactly that in today’s responses.
Comments: Who are some of the 3-point specialist you look up to?
Name: Isaiah W.
City: Cleveland Heights
Miles: For one, Ray Allen. “He Got Game” is the reason I wear regular rubber bands on my wrist to this day. Allan Houston, he was a guy who wasn’t just strictly a ‘three-point shooter.’ (Neither was Ray Allen, though.) But Allan Houston was a guy I really liked to watch. Reggie Miller, obviously.
They were guys who could shoot the three-pointer, but could also do it all. I think that’s why I liked Allan Houston so much – he had good size, he used to play in the mid-range area, too.But early Ray Allen, when he was playing for Milwaukee – he was my favorite guy to watch. Smooth, no wasted motion, straight to the point, not a lot of flash, just got done what he needed to get done. He used to do that “rock-the-cradle” dunk on the break every time. I loved that!
Comments: What is that thing you do with Kyrie before every game?
Name: Jonathan P.
Miles: It just happened one day. It wasn’t talked about or anything. I can’t really tell you how it started.
You’ve seen guys jumping and hitting each other, and maybe one day we just missed each other accidentally and said, ‘Let’s just keep doing it.’ There’s that, then we do the handshake and the little shimmy thing right before the tip. That was actually planned. But the jumping thing just happened.
And the photo of it is pretty cool. (Pictured below) I might want to get it blown up or something.
And then, Jarrett Jack and I do kind of an old-school thing, we do the low-five and turn to the side. It’s like a ‘70s thing. Same thing – it kind of came out of nowhere. But one day Jarrett and I were talking about handshakes and I was walking to the table before the game and Jarrett went low and was like: ‘Hit me down low!” and I just did it back. And it was perfect.
Comments: I read somewhere that you’re a big fan of “Family Guy.” What did you think of Brian’s death this last season?
Name: Bob B.
City: Lakeland Park
Miles: I thought it was HORRIBLE! I mean, they brought him back a couple episodes later, but what was that all about?! How did that even cross the writers’ minds? It was crazy.
And I don’t even dislike the other dog – “Vinny.” But it just wasn’t the same.
I think if they could incorporate Vinny in certain episodes and bring him back and forth, it’d be cool. I think they were trying to kind of refresh the show, give it something new because it’s been on a long time. It’s still good, but there are some now that are hit-and-miss. It’s not like the old ones where I’m chuckling the whole time. There are some that remind you of the old ones; it definitely still has some great writers. I’m an “American Dad” guy, too.
Comments: What do you want to do once your playing days are over?
Name: Henry M.
City: Winter Park
Miles: I don’t know. Something with music would be cool. Maybe something on the radio or even some broadcasting stuff. I’d want to do something like that; I think all that stuff is cool.
I think right when I get done, I’d really like to do something that has to do with music. Not necessarily making music, but something that has something to do with it: maybe producing and being on the radio – having my own radio show and playing whatever I want. Have guests, interview people. Or I could find a way to have a radio show and just mix everything – sports, music and art all together.
That would be cool.
Comments: Do you ever regret not going to college just for the college experience?
Name: Al M.
City: Garfield Heights
Miles: I don’t want to say I ”regret” it. I will say that sometimes I think about it and it would’ve been cool. Like, you’ll be watching college sports and talking to people who talk about their alma mater, and I don’t have that. That’s the one thing I don’t have: that pride for a school.
Like, I was supposed to go to Texas. But Tristan can walk around and talk about the burnt orange because he was there. He put the jersey on and people will forever recognize him. And it’s not just the recognition, it’s the camaraderie. I don’t have that.
I don’t regret it, but it would be cool to have. I’m still a Longhorn, til the death of me, but it’s not the same.
Comments: Are you still getting reviews or comments from people about your album, “No Camping”? Will you do another one next offseason?
Name: Janie H.
City: Fairview Park
Miles: Yes and yes.
It’s crazy, we’ll go to different cities and kids – as I’m running out the tunnel or at halftime when you’re just walking back out on the court – will be hanging off the rails, yelling: ‘CJ, I listened to ‘No Camping’ and it’s cool!’ Or when we were in Brooklyn, there was a kid that was hanging around after the game. I was going up to see friends and family after, and he runs up to me and he didn’t say anything about the game, anything about basketball. He comes to me and starts talking about “No Camping.” When kids do that, it’s crazy for me. It’s cool and weird at the same time.
When I wrote that stuff, it’s like: you know you’re not alone, but at the same time, when you go through certain things in your life, there’s times when you feel like you’re by yourself. So for people to be able to relate to me and for people to think the same way I think, it’s cool to know that really you’re not alone.
I still get a lot of people talking about it, and next summer I’m going to do something – I’m not sure exactly what yet – but I’m definitely going to do something. I want to mix some jazz in with the new one, but I’m not sure how. I don’t have the name or anything like that yet.
It’s hard to be ultra-creative during the season, you’re so focused on it. Because the way I write, it’s a big part of me and my life. And to do that and also focus on the next team’s scouting report, it’s hard. I keep notes and ideas that I come across. And I know that once I get to the point where I can be in a creative space, it’ll just pour out. I have my keyboard at the house and I’ll mess around with it, but it’s hard to focus too much on music during the season.
Comments: What is some of the hazing you guys have the rookies do? Donuts and luggage carrying? Anything else?
Name: Mitch S.
Miles: I gotta say, the rookie hazing/initiation thing is not my thing. I never felt like I should mess with a guy that I’m four years older than. I don’t feel like I should tell a grown man to get me donuts.
I understand it. It’s cool. Everybody goes through it. But I’ve never felt like a real veteran. In Utah, there were guys getting drafted that I was younger than. I couldn’t tell them what to do. So I never got into it.
Now, A.B. (Anthony Bennett) is what, 20? I’m only 26. I don’t feel like that’s enough for me to be able to tell him: ‘Yo, go pick my socks up!’ He’s a grown man!
Greg Ostertag messed with me a little bit when I was a rookie, but nothing crazy.
The thing is, if you show resistance, that’s when the vets will really mess with you. First thing I was taught was: whatever they ask you to do, just do it. It’s not fun for them when you don’t squirm.
So one day, practice was at 9:30 a.m. and Ostertag wanted his shoes at 6 a.m. for no reason. Or, one day in a cold city on the road, he’d make you walk to Krispy Kreme a couple miles away. (I don’t know why that “Krispy Kreme” sign was on at 2:30 in the morning, but he saw it the night before.) And he was like, ‘Tomorrow morning you have to get up and have those donuts in such-and-such’s room by 8 a.m.’
But a couple months went by and all I had to do was bring a newspaper – and also still bring donuts to practice. But it wasn’t too bad at all.