MINNEAPOLIS In Minnesota, he's known for plaid shirts and flat-brimmed hats, for the plastic bags of soda and water he totes out of the Target Center after most games. He's imposing in his silence, and when he laughs, it's hard not to wonder what joke you've missed.
Brad Miller might seem like an enigma, but he's not. He's a personality.
After 14 seasons as a center in the league, he's earned that right. He's no longer young, no longer much of a factor on the court and just a game away from retiring when the 2011-12 season ends. He'll leave the game averaging 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds, and his next move will be to focus on his Sportsman Channel show, "Country Boys Outdoors."
But despite appearing in just 14 games this year after offseason microfracture surgery on his left knee, the two-time All-Star has been a different kind of factor for the Timberwolves this season.
On the league's second-youngest team, Miller, 36, was born five years before his next-oldest teammate, Luk...