Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  17 responses

Andre Miller Unhappy With Backup Role in Denver

Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl has a problem on his hands, and that problem is Andre Miller. Reports Fox Sports: “Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller regularly was a starter in his first 12 NBA seasons. He’s not too happy with that changing. Miller, who becomes a free agent after the season, said before Wednesday’s game against New Jersey that he would ‘probably not’ return to the Nuggets next season if the role is to back up Ty Lawson. But Miller wouldn’t completely rule that out as a possibility if no better situations were available. ‘At this point in my career, I don’t see myself as a backup,’ Miller said. ‘For 13 years, I wasn’t a backup before. This is a short season (due to the lockout), so I’ll deal with it. But I don’t see myself as a backup at this point in my career. I don’t see that.’ [...] Miller, who was Denver’s starting point from 2002-06, was reacquired on draft night last June. There has been talk of Miller, 35, serving as a mentor for Lawson, 24, a third-year man. But Miller said Lawson doesn’t need that. ‘Ty, he’s worked hard. He’s had his mentor with Chauncey Billups,’ Miller said of the point guard who was dealt last February from Denver, which led to Lawson becoming the starter. ‘Why would they need me to come in and put in my two cents?’ Miller said he hasn’t spoke of not liking his backup role to Nuggets coach George Karl, and that he doesn’t plan to have such a conversation. Karl said this was the first he’d heard of Miller’s disappointment. ‘I’m glad he’s proud of himself and he wants to play,’ Karl said. ‘But I think this still is the best opportunity for him.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    “I’m old and mad about things” – Andre Miller

  • prodi

    Dre’s been angry at each of his past 5 stops. No wonder no one wants him for the long haul

  • Bravo

    Come play for the raptors

  • Nella

    LOL @ Wayno

  • Heals

    @Wayno, that’s my first guess. It’s like you’re not starting cause you’re not good enough right now to do it for Den. This is an AMiller thing not a Lawson, Karl or Den thing…

  • LA Huey

    The Larry Brown of PGs

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Called that.

  • DerekG

    I’m more surprised that George Karl said he didn’t see this coming. EVERYBODY else saw this on the horizon!

  • robertmavs

    ty lawson is better….

  • lobcitizen

    @robertmavs agreed

  • ryan

    with ty lawson nuggets become a dark horse

  • Landry_legend

    He would be a good fit for the Knicks and start shumpert at the 2,

  • Tro

    how come when Iverson said the same thing it got him blackballed?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Because he was Allen Iverson.

  • jdote

    what teams could andre miller start for. Lakers maybe.PHX if nash leaves. i think thats all though. and I think dre is solid

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lakers, Bobcats, Hornets. That’s it.

  • Will Lee

    deal him to bobcats