I Feel Sleazy...

Part 195 in the never-ending Darius Miles story. I’m beginning to wonder if he is ever going to go away…and at this point I believe the answer is no. On to the story, from today’s Boston Globe, a question if the Blazers are ‘adding insult to injury?’

“While the Celtics have been praising Darius Miles, two NBA general managers said the Blazers have been bad-mouthing the free agent forward to potential suitors.

“He can still play and he also hasn’t played in two years, so you have to understand that he will get better,” one NBA GM said. “Too bad Portland is putting out bad information that he is not a good kid. Anything and everything they can say bad they are. It’s too bad. He’s a nice kid with a bad injury who has fought back. Right now, he’s still an NBA player and he’s going to get better. He’s going to improve. It will be a smart pick-up for someone.”

(Disclaimer for those who like grains of salt: This of course could be a bitter GM who got ‘Pritch-Slapped’ (still hate that term) but then again this isn’t Wikipedia throwing this quote out here, and he reported getting the news from 2 GM’s.)

You can see what I emphasized and you can see what this post has its title. When he got picked up by the Celtics and was getting all the pub about being a potential rotation player…I felt a hinge of sleaziness about the whole thing. I mean this is a guy we let stew under the Rose Garden and even brought in a doctor to get him off the books. Granted it was a league appointed doctor. But…even though it was a league-appointed doc who declared the injury ‘career-ending’…we played a major part in giving his career the death sentence. It’s as if he shot the gun but we bought it, supplied the bullets and probably bought him an iced tea afterward. This whole situation would be easier to swallow had Darius a) made the Celtics or b) shown he was no longer able to play. But neither are the case…sure he didn’t make the Celtics but it’s not as if he can’t play in the NBA anymore. As a matter of fact if you take that quote at face value it’s quite the opposite. And from what I saw…he can contribute. The majority of people are saying he still has skills and he’s still getting looked at. There’s something a little off about all of this…and I don’t like it. These allegations are hefty. It’s one thing for us to wash our hands of the situation because it clearly was not going to work on many different levels. It would be ok to bring in the league-appointed doctor to get him out of there. But it’s not like our hands are exactly clean. He’s shown that he can play. Add in the drama from the whole possible ‘Miles got suspended’ leak and now these allegations make me think something fishy is going on. To try and keep D-Miles from making a living for cap room? As my moms would say ‘That ain’t right.’

We may not have all the facts…and we may never have all the facts. But I can’t help but feel a lot more sleazy about this whole thing.

Comment if you can ‘talk me down’ from my ledge on this one.

  • Coup

    Well, Miles showed he can contribute, just not that he can do it on a night-to-night basis. He’s still got a ways to go on the knee it seems.

    As usual, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.

  • TT

    People are drinking Blazers Haterade (jealous) already. F*ck Boston.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous GM’s? Sounds fishy. Talk him up all you want Boston, but Miles is a chump and worth discussing anymore.

  • TT

    F*ck this Boston writer, he’s a newbie beat reporter for the C’s.

    from BRIAN HENDRICKSON of “The Columbian”:

    -If Miles can still play, then why did an independently appointed doctor determine that Miles’ knee injury was career ending? Is this going to lead to some conspiracy theory about the Blazers paying off doctors to gain a competitive advantage?

    -If Miles can still play, then why were the Blazers willing to eat more than $26 million of his salary to get him out of Portland? Sure, there are salary cap benefits for getting rid of Miles the way they did, but it was more than a year away. Would it have not been more beneficial to trade him for an asset they could use in the meantime? Perhaps one that also had an expiring contract?

    -And if Miles can still play, and truly is the “nice kid” that the quoted GM claims, then why wouldn’t the Blazers want to keep him around and give him a chance? Kevin Pritchard has never been opposed to adding a “nice kid” to his team, and he does not exactly have a bad reputation for talent evaluation. And if he can spot potential after a major injury in a guy like Shavlik Randolph in only three weeks, could he not see it sitting on the sidelines of the practice facility for more than a year?

    -And finally, if you’re a rival GM and are watching a young GM build a team in only three years from a league-worst 21-61 to a franchise positioned to be a dominant player in the league for several years, receiving rave reviews for his work, and gaining $18 million in salary cap space because of a certain move with a certain player, would you not feel some motivation to speak poorly of the move and highly of the player? It’s easy to criticize a team when they have so much to gain.

    I’ve said this before, and I’m sure I’ll say it many more times: The No. 1 problem with Miles isn’t his injury or general attitude. It’s in his accountability. Nothing is ever his fault. When he was in Portland, he always had reasons for the problems he was facing. A coach didn’t like him. The media was against him. The Blazers wouldn’t practice him when he was trying to come back from his injury. I’ve never once heard Darius seriously take responsibility for his actions. And this situation only perpetuates that trend.

    Perhaps Darius really can still play — and I would like to see it be possible for him. But people on his side need to stop downplaying the challenge he faces — he had major reconstructive knee surgery, not a sprained ankle — and stop making excuses for him. If Miles is going to come back from this, then he’ll need to be much more serious about it than I ever saw from him in Portland. And it will be up to Miles to be accountable for that work ethic.