Nuggets Rescind Andre Miller’s Suspension

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Andre MillerAndre Miller is no longer suspended. But he won’t play tonight.

The Denver Nuggets on Friday rescinded Miller’s two-game suspension. However, Miller still will miss all team activities – including two games – between now and Monday for what the team called personal reasons.

So he’s not suspended. But he is still missing two games.

OK. Rookie coach Brian Shaw somewhat explained the decision on the team’s Twitter account.

Miller was suspended for yelling at Shaw during Wednesday’s home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver’s eighth straight loss. He did not play, the first DNP-CD of his career.

On Thursday, Shaw held a series of meetings with his players in lieu of practice. Members of the coaching staff met individually with players before a collective meeting where concerns and gripes were aired.

After losing three home games all last season, the Nuggets have lost their last five at the Pepsi Center. Following the loss to Philadelphia, forward J.J. Hickson said the team had “reached rock bottom.”

The Nuggets host the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday and visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

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  1. This looks bad for Brian Shaw to change the suspension (for showing lack of respect for coach) to “personal reasons”.

    Back in Brooklyn, the Nets handled the Andray Blatche situation differently. It was just revealed that Blatche would be playing tonight after not playing for 4 games (last three on road) due to “personal” reasons. It also slipped out that Blatche was “working out” during that time, thus all but confirming that he was being punished, likely for being out of shape (over weight). He wasn’t getting back on defense and was 1 for 11 in his last game, with all misses being slightly off.

    Blatche has kept his punishment a secret, and when asked this morning (Sat) he said “it wouldn’t be personal if I talked about it”. Blatche still has his sense of humor.

    Nets/Kidd/Blatche have handled situation a lot better than Nuggets/Shaw/Miller.

    Right now I’d still rather have Jason Kidd as coach, than Brian Shaw. We will see how Blatche plays rest of season, as his talents are deeply needed, mostly as starting Center, if Nets are going to pass Raptors to win Atlantic Conference.

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