Andre Miller suspended for conduct detrimental to team

As if an eight-game losing streak and an embarrassing home loss to one of the worst teams in the NBA wasn’t enough, the current circumstances seem to only be getting worse for the Denver Nuggets. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nuggets have suspended Andre Miller for conduct detrimental to team.

Wojnarowski also tweeted that the reason for the suspension is because Miller cursed at Brian Shaw on the Nuggets’ bench in Wednesday’s loss. As a result of the suspension, Miller will miss the games against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers.

When Brian Shaw was asked about the incident after the game, he said that he tried to calm his player down and that it was the wrong place and time for such an outburst. Miller was, apparently, complaining about not getting enough minutes, as he never stepped on the floor. It was the first time he saw a DNP-CD (did not play – coach’s decision) next to his name in the box score and he didn’t talk to the press after the game.

Shaw did say that he was planning on increasing the minutes for both Wilson Chandler and Ty Lawson, while cutting his rotation a little bit. It seems that Miller, who has actually been playing pretty well in certain lineups this season, got the short end of the stick and was left on the outside looking in.

Needless to say, these are pretty dreadful times for the Nuggets.

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  • Sharkboy242

    Good. Maybe now we can get rid of him once and for all.

  • Poz303

    Yeah, Shaw stays so true to his word, he played 12 players last night. Everyone on the bench except Andre Miller (gallo and McGee out injured). Played Foye 36+ minutes (0-6 from 3 point range).

    I dont condone what A.Miller did in any way but I can understand his frustration.

    He should have been traded a long time ago to a team looking to make a run this year.

  • Richard Pesicka

    Yea, he’s the reason they are losing. Yea, he’s the scapegoat. Yea once he’s gone they will hit 50 wins and make the playoffs. Please, get off at the next stop.

  • Charliemyboy

    Disappointed? Shaw is the disappointment. He hasn’t got a clue on how to coach a team. Miller reflects the attitude of all the players. Suspend all the players? And Connelly is worse. Look what Masai is doing by knowing how to use what you have. There is no team here. Shaw should be a man and respect a veteran who has won many games. The distrust on this team is obvious. Fighting in practice? Shaw/Connelly, get your butts out of Denver. Josh, suck it up; bring Karl back before you become the laughing stock of the league. Do the right thing, man. I know you never will and Shaw will continue to lose for two years or more. Lottery will not help. More academic trades will continue to disappoint.

    • Dan Sivertson

      I couldn’t agree with this more. This is spot on. Miller is a brilliant passer. His alley-oops have filled the highlight reels in the past — and — he can still do that today. He’s a player with a very high basketball IQ. I love the idea of sucking it up and bringing Karl back, but, unfortunately we have a raft of players on this team – Foye, Arthur, Fornier, Hamilton, Randolph, Quincy Miller, and Robinson that are more of a detraction than a help in this roster. This is further exacerbated by the losses of McGee and Gallinari out with long-term injuries. How and why do we have Foye, Arthur, Fornier, Hamilton, Randolph, Quincy Miller, and Robinson on this roster? I questioned these moves from day one. Surely we can do better than this.

  • David Tesler

    What’s the point of suspending Dre anyway? The real culprits will always be and continue to be Stan and Josh Kroenke for their inability to figure out what’s right and what’s wrong. I’ve said this before, and it bears repeating. Kroenke needs to sell everything on their sports franchise and go back to sucking up taxpayer dollars for Wal-Fart.

  • LBJ

    How about suspending Joshy and Timmy for “conduct detrimental to the team”?

  • Cinci Nugg

    A rookie coach who’s in way over his head suspends the Cal Ripken, Jr. of basketball for complaining about missing a game . . . while literally every scrub on this terrible team is getting some burn? I sympathize with Shaw, as you can’t have your players disrespecting you in public. But you do not DNP Andre Miller. George Karl has his flaws for sure, but he knew the score. He let Andre play through a separated shoulder when Andre clearly could not even lift his arm. Because Andre has earned that. Nothing but love, Professor Miller.

    • pgwarner

      Well said.

    • Charliemyboy

      I’m with you. The latest is that Golden State is interested in Miller, our old washed up guard who Shaw benches. What does that tell you about Shaw. Kind of wish Andre could go to a good team to finish a great career. Shaw hasn’t even reached rookie level by that move.

      • LBJ

        If we could somehow pry a useful asset from GSW (Ezeli, perhaps?) – then our new FO could actually have its first positive move.

        I’m not holding my breath, though…..

  • googergieger

    Sounds about right.

  • Furious_Stylez

    Make this trade now:
    Toronto trades Demar DeRozan to Denver for Miller, Randolph, and Fournier

    It works in the trade machine and gives both teams want they want. Denver needs a SG and Toronto wants to tank. If Ujiri got Miller, he could flip Lowry to the highest bidder, keep Fournier, and waive Randolph. The Nuggets would get a young, above average SG that would flourish at altitude. Win-win.

    This team is in desperate need of a rim protector, but teams don’t give them away due to their scarcity in the NBA. There’s no way the Nuggets could get one without trading a core player, which is why trading for DeRozan makes total sense.

    • Dinosaur Dave

      The Raptors already have a full roster. Better trade IMO would be Andre Miller for Chuck Hayes straight up. With Miller gone we could give more minutes to Foye at the 1, and then play J-Ham and Fours more SG minutes. This could then lead to another trade where we give up one of our bigs for a competent guard.

      Toronto might make this trade as they already have Grievis Vasquez and may be looking to trade away Kyle Lowry. Plus they have 2 other cheap PGs on the roster.

      • LBJ

        The Raptors already had a trade in place to deal Lowry to the Knicks – without adding another PG. Dolan vetoed the trade because he was tired of Masai screwing his FO.
        I agree with giving Fournier more time at SG – but not with giving Foye PT at PG.

        • Dinosaur Dave

          What PG do the Knicks have that the Raptors would even want?

          And to clarify what I mean about Foye playing the 1, I mean that he’s better used as a combo guard off the bench as he lacks the size to start at the 2. He actually wouldn’t be too bad playing the point for stretches ie. if Ty was in foul trouble. Would be better if there was another playmaker on the floor though.

          • LBJ

            I said “without” adding a PG. In other words, I was agreeing with you that the Raptors are not looking to add a PG. The Knicks were giving up either Shumpert, Hardaway or a future #1.

            I still don’t want to see Foye anywhere near PG. Hell, Nate Rob would be better.

    • LBJ

      Ujiri isn’t dealing DeRozan – he is building around him.