Denver Nuggets’ 14-year veteran ANDRE MILLER has been suspended for two games for conduct detrimental to the team, the club announced Thursday. Miller’s suspension is the result of an unsavory reaction to being benched for the first time in his NBA career with his first DNP during Wednesday night’s 114-102 loss to the Sixers.
According to the Denver Post:
“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.”
But by that time, Miller had already left.
Emotions certainly run high—or in this case mile high—when folks aren’t winning. The Nuggets are mired in an eight-game losing streak including five straight losses at home. Not the kind of start to a head coaching career that rookie head coach Brian Shaw envisioned.
At least the club dealt with Miller’s behavior properly. Teams can’t have players usurping the head coach’s authority, veteran or not.