Darius Miles, the newest member of the defending champion Boston Celtics, isn’t allowed to suit up for the first 10 games of the 2008-’09 season. This is because the League found him guilty of having taken phentarmine (most commonly found in diet pills), a baned stimulant.
For Miles, this is all very confusing, since he claims to never having swallowed any diet pills. From ESPN:
“I wish I knew. I really do wish I knew, but [Celtics president] Danny Ainge told me ‘leave it alone,’ so I left it alone,” Miles said
And this from the Boston Herald, in which Miles complains about the timing of the announcement of his suspension:
“So they announce it on the day that the Celtics go to the White House (to be honored as last season’s champions). What is it that everyone heard that day? The Celtics go to the White House and Darius Miles gets suspended for 10 games. That was messed up.”
Whatever the case, should the 26-year old Miles make the Celtics’ roster, he will have a shot at revenge against his former team when the Blazers visit Boston in early December. That would be Miles’s tenth game of the season, which is very bad news for the bean-counters in the Portland office.