The Nuggets announced Thursday that reserve point guard Andre Miller has been suspended for two games for conduct detrimental to the team. The 15-year veteran will not play when Denver hosts Memphis on Friday and when the Nuggets travel to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Sunday.
Miller, 37, was reportedly involved in a verbal exchange with first-year coach Brian Shaw during Denver’s 114-102 home loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday.
The Denver Post reports that Miller expressed his frustration with his first DNP-CD of the season.
Andre Miller, headed for his first healthy scratch, decided he would verbally take it out on coach Brian Shaw. Miller yelled about the disrespect he felt he was being shown by sitting. And if he was being disrespected, he’d do the same to the Nuggets’ first-year head coach.
“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.”
Asked if Miller understood the reasons for his one-game seat on the bench, Shaw said, “You’ll have to ask him.”
Shaw’s decision to bench Miller marked the first DNP-CD of Miller’s career. Long known as an ironman because he rarely misses a game due to injury, Miller’s absence on Wednesday was the first game he’s missed since December 2010, snapping his consecutive games played streak at 239. What’s more, the only other game Miller has missed since the 2002-03 season, prior to Wednesday, came on a one-game suspension by the NBA for a flagrant foul on Clippers forward Blake Griffin.
Denver’s loss to Philadelphia was its eighth consecutive defeat, and the Nuggets are currently 14-17, which puts them 5.5 games out of the playoff picture in the West.
Miller is averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 assists this season, both career-lows, and he’s playing just 19 minutes per game, marking the smallest role of his career. The NBA’s fourth-oldest active player — behind Steve Nash, Derek Fisher and Ray Allen — is on the books for $5 million this season and $4.6 million next year.
Shaw, 47, was hired by the Nuggets last summer after the organization parted ways with longtime coach George Karl.