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Nuggets won’t reach out to Andre Miller, even after season-ending injury to Nate Robinson

Feb 3, 2014, 10:44 PM EDT

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The Nuggets lost Nate Robinson for the season after he underwent surgery to repair an ACL injury on Friday, but even that apparently isn’t enough for the team to attempt to reconcile with Andre Miller.

Miller is a veteran point guard who clashed with first-year head coach Brian Shaw over playing time, and served a pseudo-suspension before essentially being excused from all team activities.

Denver has been trying to trade Miller, who hasn’t played since the initial incident occurred back on Dec. 30. But there have been no suitable offers, so he remains in limbo while the team presses on without him, despite the fact that there is a very real need for his services with Robinson gone for the rest of the year.

From Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post:

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw was asked if the Nuggets had reached out to Andre Miller for a possible return, given the team’s dire need for a reserve point guard with Nate Robinson out for the season after ACL surgery.

The short answer? No.

“There won’t be any reaching out from our end,” Shaw said. “I think we’ve operated and done everything that we’re supposed to do. So, if there’s any reaching out that needs to be done I think the reaching out has to come from him to us. But at this point we’re still trying to evaluate the situation.”

Miller likely expressed an extreme lack of respect for Shaw and his decision making that would have relegated Miller further down the bench, and perhaps into no minutes at all on some nights.

This can be a major problem for former players entering the coaching ranks, with veterans who have had better and longer careers expected to passively adjust to a reduced role based on someone’s choice whom they don’t exactly trust.

Miller would be a nice pickup for a team looking to add talent for a postseason push. But it’s clear he’s no longer a fit in Denver, no matter how dire the situation has become at the point guard position given the latest season-ending injury.

  1. stayhigh_247 - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Miller must have really pissed in coaches soup, but even still, he’s a quality guard that can help this team. If I’m coaching this team he’s playing until we can ship him off elsewhere. But then again if I was coaching this team Dre would be getting mad clock regardless, especially now.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      I’d be shocked if he doesn’t get traded to a contender by the deadline. Even at his age, he’s THAT GOOD.

  2. knicksmets - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    This seems a little stupid you need a pg you have one you should use him. Wasn’t he suspended because he was unhappy about playing time? That’s not that bad bring him back I say.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      A lot of bench players in the NBA are unhappy about their playing time. Unfortunately, Miller didn’t just ask for more playing time. He reportedly directly attacked Shaw’s ability and authority as a coach, which is why Shaw is saying that Miller should be reaching out to the coaches first before he gets to play again.

      A coach has to establish that he’s the boss and defying him has consequences. Otherwise, you get situations like the one in Cleveland, where Luol Deng is reportedly shocked to see Cavs players giving poor effort and disrespecting their head coach Mike Brown in practices.

      If Shaw makes a special exception for a backup point guard, then almost everybody else on the team is going to feel entitled to special exceptions. It’s not like Miller is a superstar.

      • yeahisaiditsowhat - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:42 PM

        It’s hard to believe there’s actually down votes to casualcommenter’s insightful and very true words. In the off-season, it’s readily evident Miller attended the J.R. Rider/Allan Iverson/Latrell Spreewell “I’m Bigger Than The Game” School For Flat-Out Dummies.

        Miller would be infinitely wise to take a good dose of anti-ego pills and reset. Nobody, including him, is bigger than the game. He’s headed butt-first into accelerated oblivion where he will suffer eternally from BBP…
        Bridges Burned Permanently.

        If he doesn’t wake up, his pride will be his demise…

  3. football58 - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Miller sucks and the nuggets are going nowhere regardless. Might as well develop fournier

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Bite your tongue and go troll the football forums.

      • football58 - Feb 4, 2014 at 8:42 PM

        Don’t cry! Let me know if you need some diapers.

  4. chrisco716 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    …and this is a team that won 57 games last year with the coach of the year and GM of the year? Oh yeah, they fired the coach and GM. Good move.

  5. maximusprime107 - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Miller is not nearly good enough to act like a diva. He clashed with Karl before too

  6. shanelsweet - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    I don’t get it. You’re paying him not to play, but claim there aren’t any suitable offers? You send him home with pay, and think he needs to call you when he’s ready to beg for another chance? What a crock.

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Feb 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Good article, Brett. I think you’re exactly right about former player/coaches clashing with veterans. And Shaw, being the unproven leader, probably feels the need to demonstrate his authority. I did the same thing when I was first promoted to management over my former peers. It might be a mistake but we all learn and hopefully get better.

  8. slapstix03 - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:20 AM

    trade him to the Knicks. melo would love the idea of playing with his former teammate

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