The suspension of point guard Andre Miller has been lifted by the Denver Nuggets, who said in a statement that he will return to the team on Monday.
Miller, who was originally suspended for two games after getting into an on-court confrontation with Coach Brian Shaw on Wednesday, will not play in Denver’s game against the Lakers on Sunday.
The team released the following statement Friday:
“The Denver Nuggets have rescinded the suspension of guard Andre Miller, general manager/executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly announced today.
“He will return to the team on Monday, Jan. 6th and will be excused from all team activities for personal reasons until then.”
Toward the end of the Nuggets’ 114-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, Miller confronted Shaw as to why for the first time in his 15-year career he had not played in a game when healthy. It was Denver’s eighth consecutive loss.
Before the Nuggets defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 111-108, on Friday night in Denver, Shaw addressed the issue with reporters.
“The incident that took place with him the other day, everybody understands that can’t happen,” Shaw said. “I haven’t had any contact with Andre since the other night after the game; I really thought the whole situation was blown out of proportion. It was the heat of the moment and sometimes players say things to coaches or the other way around.
“Usually, what we want to happen is to have those discussions in the locker room, behind closed doors within the group. Instead it started out there on the court and brought a lot of attention. To me it’s really not a big deal, but like I’ve said, I have so much respect for Andre Miller. I have been a fan of his when he played for the University of Utah. It’s just an unfortunate incident but we are moving on from it.”