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Nuggets suspend Andre Miller two games for outburst at coach

Jan 2, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

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Andre Miller is a proud and frustrated veteran — his minutes have been slipping lately as coach Brian Shaw has grown frustrated with the play of his bench. Wednesday night Miller got a DNP-CD and lashed out at Brian Shaw on the bench during the Nuggets eighth straight loss.

Thursday the team announced they had suspended Miller two games for the incident. Miller has been kept away from the team since the end of the game Wednesday and will now be out Friday against the Grizzlies then Sunday against the Lakers in a battle of struggling teams.

Shaw’s response to the incident was to downplay it.

“There’s a time and place for everything,” Shaw said. “In the middle of the arena in front of everyone … I just tried to calm it down.”

Millers’ numbers have dropped this season this season — his true shooting percentage has fallen 14 points to 53.4 percent (which is still close to his career average and the league average) and he is assisting on 26.7 percent of his teammates buckets when on the court, well down from the 32.2 percent he was at last season. His defense hasn’t been great. That said, he’s still been solid overall.

Miller was vocal with George Karl at times too, but Karl trusted and stood up for Miller. The veteran is also very popular with teammates.

Denver’s ugly loss Wednesday night kind of felt like rock bottom for the franchise this season, but you have to wonder if it really is.

  1. azarkhan - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    I think Denver Nuggets management was crazy to get rid of Coach of the Year George Karl. And I think Andre Miller is an excellent point guard who has been underrated most of his career. But a player cannot be allowed to yell at and show up his coach, whether in public or private. The suspension was necessary.

  2. nogoodtomedead - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Trade him to the Warriors please.

  3. mogogo1 - Jan 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    This looks to be a lengthy and ugly switchover as Shaw tries to build a team that suits his style as opposed to George Karl’s. Maybe the Nuggets will be kind and send fans an email or something when the team finally is competitive or even watchable again.

  4. thomaskouns - Jan 2, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Bad feeling about Shaw’s future. Maybe there was a reason he got turned down for all those coaching vacancies.

    • davidly - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:25 AM

      I think it is rather the brutality of fate; he would’ve fared much better as PJ’s successor–which, of course would have meant much different player personnel moves by that team. Instead, they sent him packing and he takes a job he shouldn’t have from another team that made the wrong move.

      I reckon he should’ve swallowed his pride for one more year in Indiana. He probably would’ve gotten an offer from someone more appropriate before the all-star break.

  5. chrisco716 - Jan 2, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    I gotta believe Denver management is either 1 of 2 things… 1) either they are totally crazy to fire Karl and hire Shaw or 2) they did it intentionally to tank the year to get a top draft choice. The latter makes the most sense. With Karl the Nuggets played fast paced, entertaining basketball and almost always won at altitude but did not have the superstars to win in the playoffs. Karl did it with non-all-star talent… but because he always won the Nuggets got poor draft choices and of course lost in the playoffs. Denver management must want to tank the season which is why they fired “coach of the year” Karl – someone who would not tank. Either that, or Denver management is high. Plenty of tix available at the Pepsi Center this year. They were hard to come by when Karl was coaching.

  6. csbanter - Jan 2, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Miller should have asked for a trade before season started, now he becomes a distraction. Nuggets are in a youth movement.

    • cowboysfaninbuffalove - Jan 2, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      He’s asked for a trade multiple times from the nugs… and as a nugs fan I would hate to see him go he should be getting 20+ min a night

  7. stayhigh_247 - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    what team wouldn’t want such a wavy vet off the bench? Denver’s loss, somebody else’s win. Melo’s looking for somebody to run point, that trade would make a lot of sense..

  8. stayhigh_247 - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    savy vet….lol

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