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March 25, 2014 Updates
March 24, 2014 Updates

Because head coach Brian Shaw and veteran Andre Miller couldn't reconcile their differences the organization was forced to trade the guard. Upon Miller's return to Denver, Shaw tried to make amends for the way things worked out. "I told him, for whatever it's worth to you, sorry for everything that's happened the way that it did," the first year head coach absolved. The point guard was reportedly displeased with Shaw's decision in playing time and the disagreement forced the club to suspend Miller for several games. 9news.com

March 23, 2014 Updates

“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

“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

March 22, 2014 Updates

Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson has a torn ligament in his right knee, general manager Tim Connelly said Saturday. A date for surgery to repair the ACL hasn't been set. Hickson is the fourth Denver player lost for the season to injury. Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee and Nate Robinson have all undergone season-ending operations. USA Today Sports

Denver Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson has a sprained right knee and will be re-evaluated before any possible return. Hickson was injured early in the fourth quarter of Denver's 122-106 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. NBA.com

March 21, 2014 Updates

"They gave me an opportunity to represent Denver," Miller said. "I tried to do that the right way, but I was looked at as the bad guy, a disgruntled player. [The Nuggets said] I was complaining about minutes and that was never the issue. They made it look that way, and that I was upset. I understand that they have to protect themselves as an organization, but don't blast the player. "I came out and represented the organization, played games, practiced and did it the right way. Don't bash me. It's not true saying I was disgruntled about minutes and complaining. In reality, I was just speaking up for guys on the team and being a veteran leader. I was just doing my job." Yahoo! Sports

Shaw has previously said his communication with Miller could've been better. Miller wished the same. "It's really not about coach, player," Miller said. "It's really about communication from the top. In a team meeting we talked about communication between the coaches and the players. Anybody can coach, but how do you deal with players and egos and attitudes and communicate with people – that's the main thing. "I communicated on my end. There was no communication on their end." Yahoo! Sports

March 20, 2014 Updates

He was asked how it has been being back in Detroit. "It's been great, actually," Billups said. "Obviously the team is not playing great — I feel like we've underachieved a little bit. But me being back with the people that love me so much and the fan base there has been great. "Obviously I would look at that (going into the front office) if that opportunity came about. That's like my home away from home. They really adopted me there. Of course, (Denver) is always going to be my home. But Detroit is like my second home. So any opportunity that arose, I would obviously look at." Denver Post

March 17, 2014 Updates

Ellis said while it is nice to be honored, it will be "sad on two accounts." Teammate Bison Dele (formerly Brian Williams) was killed in 2002 in an unsolved boating accident, and Rodney Rogers is in a wheelchair after an ATV accident in 2008. Rogers will be at Monday's ceremony. "It's hard to wrap your mind around it sometimes," Ellis said. "It would be one thing if we won a world championship. But obviously what we were able to accomplish in 1994 still resonates with people within the organization and people in town as well. "It's a priviledge, and we're flattered and honored that the Nuggets would bring us back to town and have a night like tonight." 9news.com

In 1998, you applied to be the general manager of the Denver Nuggets—while working for the Post. This has always struck me as a conflict of interest. Tell me why I’m wrong. And do you think you would have/could have had a fruitful career as a GM. Peter Vecsey.: I was always told, you’ve got to have at least two conflicts of interest to be successful. Pro sports has plenty of former sportswriters-turned executives. The Knicks were started by Ned Irish. The latest example was John Hollinger leaving ESPN to become VP of basketball operations of Memphis. Why shouldn’t we be allowed to pursue front office or coaching, as long as it’s during the off-season? I tried to put together group to buy the Nuggets in the early ’80s … tried to get Rick Pitino to hire me as GM when he was running the Celtics … approached Larry Brown about helping him in Washington when he was close to coaching the Wizards … had an interview on tap as Hawks’ GM just before Stan Kasten left … and had a very brief interview with James Dolan to be Isiah Thomas’ GM. I am positive I would’ve been an asset to one and all. Jeff Pearlman

March 16, 2014 Updates

Where are they? A look at the whereabouts of members of the 1993-94 Nuggets: Coach Dan Issel: Working in the oil and gas industry for a Windsor company. Broadcaster for a couple of Nuggets games this season. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf: Lives in suburban Atlanta. Gives private basketball training sessions. LaPhonso Ellis: College basketball analyst at ESPN. Tom Hammonds: Went into drag racing after 12-year NBA career. Briefly owned a car dealership in South Carolina. Now in the construction business in Florida. Reggie Williams: Resigned in September as coach of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. Rodney Rogers: Paralyzed as a result of a dirt bike accident in 2008. Lives in North Carolina. Brian Williams (Bison Dele): Presumed dead after disappearing during a sailing trip in 2002. Robert Pack: Assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bryant Stith: Assistant coach at Old Dominion University. Dikembe Mutombo: Humanitarian and NBA global ambassador. Denver Post

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