Andre Miller faced the music immediately when it came to his dubious exit from the Denver Nuggets and arrival as a member of the Wizards on Friday. Yes, he conceded, he was wrong for the way he voiced his displeasure with coach Brian Shaw that led to his suspension. Miller, who'll play vs. the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, hasn't been on the court in 2014.
"Things happen. You're going to have ups and downs throughout your entire career. It was just an instance where I lost my cool and was unprofessional, stepped out of character," said Miller, 37, who began his career in 19990-2000. "I apologized to my teammates for what happened. That's not me. That's not what I'm about. Of course, I've moved on. I wish the Denver Nuggets the best. Hopefully, I can finish my career here in Washington."
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It helped that Miller had a lot of support among the Wizards, having played for coach Randy Wittman with the Cleveland Cavaliers and shared locker rooms with Martell Webster, Nene and Al Harrington. Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said he vetted the situation between Miller and Shaw carefully before trading for him Thursday. Miller has a partially guaranteed year left on his contract for 2014-15.
"If it's not about basketball, something positive ... he doesn't say anything. He's one of the most quiet teammates I've ever had," Harrington said. "That's definitely not in his personality. It had to be something for him to go off like that.
"Dre is the type of guy I would think every team in the NBA could use. ... I know if I ever ran a team and had a chance to get Andre Miller, I would."