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"You already know what's going on. That's something you can't hide. That's something you can't run from. You know that they're right there," Ariza said of the Bobcats, one of the NBA's hottest teams that entered the day just 1.5 games back of the No. 7 spot. "They have no problem stepping on our throats so we have to do the same thing to all these other teams because at this time that's what you got to do. You got to be cutthroat. You've got to try to take everybody's head off." CSNWashington.com

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“They were like, ‘If you come back and apologize, it’ll be all good.’ I wasn’t willing to make that decision. Because of my morals, what I felt was the right thing to do for me,” Miller said. “I was ready to go. You can tell when a team is thinking about possibly going in a different direction. Wasn’t any communication there, and I could just feel the vibe where I was at in the organization, and it was time to move on. “We both made mistakes. That's just a part of the business when you're coming in, first-time coach and a veteran and me not approaching him and establishing a communication either way. It’s whatever. I’m glad to be where I’m at now.” Washington Post

“Sometimes you need to speak up for yourself, and whether I did it the right way or the wrong way, it’s over, but it put into perspective, kind of, how some people view me as a player. I feel like I haven’t received the respect that I deserve,” said Miller, who ranks ninth all time in career assists. “This is a popularity-contest league. Everything that I’ve done has been under radar, so the only thing I really took pride in was being out on the court and being in games and not missing games.” Washington Post

“He deserved to be treated better. In my mind, he deserved more respect,” said Karl, an analyst for ESPN. “Players, when they’re sliding down the bad side of the mountain, almost every player has an episode where he’s angry that his career is fading. The image of what happened is not Andre Miller. Andre is a total team guy, a locker room guy, committed guy, a coachable guy. And all the thoughts of what happened there is just taking the one bad day that we all have and staying connected to it, too long.” Washington Post

Q: You said you felt you were portrayed as being the villain in this situation. Still feel that way? A: Yeah, I was. It was pretty clear that the comments that was made by the organization was that I was complaining about minutes and disgruntled about minutes when that wasn't the case. All I did was, we had a team meeting, and I spoke up for the team respectfully as a leader and I think that was kind of held against me. So, you know, whether they feel they did it their way, I did it my way. It didn't work out, you just move on. Denver Post

Q: Will you shed some light on what happened and the relationship between you and Shaw? Andre Miller: Just a miscommunication. Kind of stepped out of character for me, just what happened on the court. But things happen, I'm going to leave it at that. They're going in a direction and trying to get some things done. And good luck to them. Q: Could Shaw have handled it better? A: We both stepped out of character, just a miscommunication. I think it was me just more stepping out of character on the court. I felt that I was somewhat not given a fair chance, especially when everybody else played that game, and I didn't get an opportunity to play. Like I said, I stepped out of character, it was wrong. But it happened and just move on. Denver Post

Q: If it wasn't the minutes, what was the issue? A: It wasn't the minutes at all. The issue was just, actually I don't know the issue. I didn't get an opportunity to play. And, you know, I have to respect the coach's decision, and I didn't and I reacted the wrong way. It was wrong, especially being done in public. So I was held accountable for it, which, you know, that's what happens. I have to pay the price for it. Move on, good luck to the team and the organization. Denver Post

He's making up for lost time now, though, having since been signed through the rest of the season while reminding his new bosses and opponents alike that he's not done just yet. With the Wizards (35-32) on pace to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008, Gooden has averaged 19 points and eight rebounds in his past three games and 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in his 10 games played since coming aboard. "Since I got in the league, I've been involved in a lot of business decisions (as opposed to) basketball decisions, so this is one of the hardest ones, having to come in with my body of work and having to sign a 10-day deal," said Gooden, who is still being paid on the five-year, $32 million deal he signed with the Bucks in 2010. "I would never have thought of myself having to do that. But that was the route I had to do, and so be it." USA Today Sports

He only played 16 games last season because of injuries and the Bucks' youth movement, and the eight months between his release and joining the Wizards was more than enough time to plump up and fall out of shape. But Gooden made sure he was good to go. "You could say it was 18 months of not really being in an NBA game," Gooden said. "It was a good time off for my body to recover, but you do a lot of soul searching during that time off. You're on your own schedule, so you have to work." USA Today Sports

As for the teams that didn't sign him? Gooden won't forget which ones they were any time soon. "I've got a vendetta right now against all the other teams that overlooked me," he said. "I wanted to show them once I got an opportunity that I've got a passion and I love this game, and I wasn't going to go and leave my career like it was left last season in Milwaukee. "So I fought, I stuck with it, did some soul searching and learned a lot about myself during that time, and it ended up working out for me." USA Today Sports

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