Why Mike Miller's Living in Northeast
I've written about athletes living in D.C. before, and the list has always been disappointingly short. A few D.C. United players used to live in a group house in Northeast; not sure what the status of that is. Ben Olsen owns a rowhouse in Shaw. Donald Brashear used to live in a condo near Verizon Center. So did Steve Eminger and Brian Sutherby.
I'm sure I'm missing others, but the vast majority of D.C. pro athletes have taken up residence in Virginia.
For some, this is a matter of proximity. The Nats can get to work quicker by living in
Virginia than they could in most parts of D.C. Albert Haynesworth recently talked about how he wanted to live in Old Town, before teammates told him he'd have a brutal commute to Ashburn.
"It's funny, because being drafted, there's an opportunity to go anywhere," Chris Cooley told a group of local executives on Tuesday. "And I was picked by the Washington Redskins. I feel like I'm gonna be in the city, in D.C. I'm kind of a Wyoming, Utah guy, I've never really had that experience. And I get here, and on my first trip, they take me to Ashburn. Virginia."
But the Caps and Wizards could certainly justify live in the 202, and one of the newest Wizards, South Dakota's own Mike Miller, has decided to try the District. The Northeast quadrant, even.
"It's convenient for me," Miller said this week. "I just want to be as close to the arena as possible. It makes it easy for me. My wife and kids aren't gonna be in town, so I was just looking for the convenience of getting back and forth to the arena."
He said city-dwelling fans should absolutely feel free to approach him if they see him walking around, and he said that D.C. will become by far the biggest municipality he's ever lived in.
"Not even close," he said. "It's gonna be different. I'm excited about it. Like anything else, it brings different opportunities. So we'll see. If we make the most of it and win, it'll be a lot of fun."
As someone who has still not given up his D.C. driver's license after moving to the 'burbs, I asked Miller whether he takes any pride in setting up shop right downtown; "absolutely," he said.
"I came to play for the Washington Wizards, Northeast is Washington D.C., let's do it."
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