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Nuggets: Whither Andre Miller?

Published: February 8, 2014, 3:38 pm, by Paul Klee

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw says he needs more bodies

Danilo Gallinari is done for the season. Nate Robinson is done for the season. Javale McGee might be done for the season. 

Here’s a crazy idea: add the body that’s earning $5 million from the Nuggets… but isn’t with the team.

Whither Andre Miller? Last we saw the veteran point guard, he was healthy. He was angry, but he was healthy. So what’s the deal? Why isn’t Miller working for the employer signing his paychecks? 

Is this an ego thing between Shaw and Miller? If it is, get over yourselves, guys. This wild-west standoff between player and coach is nonsense. The Nuggets are paying a player to do nothing.

The Nuggets are on a four-game east-coast road swing. They aren’t a playoff team. I wrote that on Nov. 6, and Friday’s miserable performance against the Knicks offered more proof. When ownership committed to major change by firing George Karl and letting Masai Ujiri walk, there was bound to be a downswing. This is that downswing, and I don’t expect the Nuggets are all the way down.

Even so, by paying a player to do nothing is a glaring indication the Nuggets are more concerned with their 2014 draft pick than being competitive this season.

The Nuggets need bodies. Yet they have one they won’t use. What gives?

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