Greetings to all! My name is Jeff Miller, and I’m the founder of Roundball Reasons. I am also a licensed attorney currently residing in New York with my wife Ali. After graduating from NYU Law in 2010, I worked as an Associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf, a very large firm that represented the NBA and NFL players associations. For me the firm’s sports practice and in particular its relationship with the NBA was a major selling point. During my tenure, the firm advised the NBPA on the current collective bargaining agreement, and though my responsibilities at the time primarily related to banking matters and the representation of retired football players, I made sure to familiarize myself with the CBA and keep up with the negotiations as much as I could. Since the dissolution of Dewey, I’ve continued my legal career at a boutique firm specializing in complex commercial litigation across a variety of industries.
My love of basketball was ignited while growing up in suburban Chicago during the Jordan Era. Pretty much everyone was obsessed with the Bulls and, in the words of the memorable Gatorade commercial, just wanted to be like Mike. I didn’t have cable TV, so I listened to most Bulls games on the radio (I swear Neil Funk was a phenomenal radio play-by-play guy in the 90s before taking on his curmudgeonly TV persona), and I lived for watching games on WGN and the “NBA on NBC.” Throughout grade school my friends and I arrived early to school each day to play half-court games or knockout (a.k.a. lightning) in the playground, even when it was below freezing and the ball didn’t bounce.
Honestly, I was never particularly good—I had slow feet, a weak handle, and no mid-range game whatsoever—and I think my outside shot peaked around fifth grade. My competitive athletic career was limited to tennis and ended after high school. Nevertheless, my passion for the game led me to Duke for undergrad, where I had a front row seat to watch future pros including Luol Deng, JJ Redick, Jay [Jason] Williams, Mike Dunleavy, Jr., and Carlos Boozer. In recent years that passion also led me to take basketball scouting and management courses in my spare time, through which I gained access to the Synergy Sports Technology video database and scouting platform used by many pro and college teams.
Now, after years of posting on NBA discussion boards on subjects ranging from analytics and scouting to the collective bargaining agreement, I created this site to gather my thoughts in one place. I hope you enjoy it.
Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn.