Darius Miles

Darius LaVar Miles is one of the most physically gifted and tantalizing talents ever to grace the hardcourts of the National Basketball Association. He’s an opposing coach’s match up nightmare. Darius, at 6′ 9″, has the height of a frontcourt player, but the nimbleness and the ball handling ability of a player that’s much smaller. He jumped from East St. Louis HS in Illinois where he was a Parade, USA Today and McDonalds All-American to the NBA via the 3rd overall pick in the 2000 draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. With that pick he became the first High Schooler ever selected by the organization. After joining the Clippers, he teamed up with fellow NBA neophyte Quentin Richardson to form one of the most exciting and explosive tandems in the league. His two-year stay in LA ended when he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers following the 2001-2002 season. His 2-year stay in Cleveland, like in LA, was filled with flashes of shear brilliance that kept the public as well as the team teeming with great expectations but returned very few results. The two frustrating years ended when Darius was again traded, this time in the middle of the 2003-2004 season to Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen’s Portland Trailblazers. There, his potential has finally turned into true results as he has blossomed in the Pacific Northwest. His development as a player and as a young man has culminated in the Blazers’ giving him a 6 year, $48 million contract extension, thus solidifying his future in Basketball. His talents however has not been limited to just the hardwood as he has dipped into the world of acting, making his big screen debut in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002), as well as appearances on the TV series “One on One” and HBO’s ARLI$$. In 2004, Darius took on his largest role yet as Desmond Rhodes staring alongside Erika Christensen, Scarlett Johansson, and Matthew Lillard in the comedy The Perfect Score.

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