Darius Miles’ comeback?

Posted: July 19, 2008 in life, Miscellaneous, NBA, Random, Sports
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EDIT August 23th

Darius Miles made it. He enticed the Boston Celtics, and is getting a non-guaranteed contract with the C’s.


Every now and then, a former NBA player tries to come-back in NBA. Well, it just ticks me off…

Last summer, it was Allan Houston who tried to get a spot in New York, to no avail. Penny Hardaway even pulled off that feat by signing a contract with Miami, but they waived him later in the season. In the past, Shawn Kemp, Charles Oakley and many others gave it a try.

This summer, it seems Darius Miles is contemplating to do the same thing. Do you remember this guy?  He was drafted by the L.A. Clippers in 2000, before playing for Cleveland and Portland. Talkin’ about Portland, I guess they’re gonna scrutinize Miles’ attempt to come back. Because if he can make it, and plays at least 10 games next season, Portland would owe him 9 Million dollars! I guess some folks in Portland hope Miles won’t get a brand-new contract!

Lately, Miles has attended several workouts, with the Nets, Celtics, Suns and Mavericks. With the Mavs it apparently went well, a member of the camp saying: “He was much better than I thought he’d be. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give him a solid 8.”

Miles, who turns 27 next october, hasn’t played in two years because of a knee injury. In november ’06, he underwent a surgery to fix his right knee, and didn’t play ball since then. Worst, many doctors have deemed his injury was meaning the end of his career. Plain and simple. Honestly, I don’t see how a guy who was sidelined for 2 years could be in basketball shape throughout a whole season. For me, it’s nearly impossible.

If his physical shape remains a concern for the teams who’d be eager to hire him, Miles must face another major issue: his reputation. Before leaving the NBA, he was basically portrayed as a bad guy. You know, the type of guy who creates havoc in a team. Once you’re labelled as a hoodlum, it’s hard to change people’s mind. Those 2 hurdles could hinder his forlorn attempt to come-back in the league.

Anyway, Miles looks very motivated and I’m curious to see how this story will end up. I’ll follow it closely on my blog!

  1. Ethan Edwards says:

    I love NBA players comebacks. Who doesn’t like the story of Robert Traylor http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=9527? Besides most NBA players that come back are busts like Darius Miles. And its nice to see those players try to come back in the NBA and try to prove to everybody that they aren’t bust anymore. Which they usually fail at doing. Or there like Pippen, Rodman, Kemp with financial problems. It’s usually past all-stars once great. It’s still nice to see those old guys try to come back. I wished MJ would come back one more time.

  2. Julien says:

    Thanks for the link, I have to admit it’s an interesting story. As for MJ trying to come-back once again, no thanks!

  3. Eric Engberg says:

    You forgot to mention that he is facing a 10-game suspension for failing a drug test as well. Rumor is he failed due to a weight loss drug he has been taking.

  4. pacer521 says:

    Yeah, there’s no way MJ would come back, but then again Brett Farve was confirming that he would stay retired and look what is happening. It’s a dog-eat-dog world and maybe Miles needs the money


  5. Nick says:

    “Miles looks very motivated” – you sure you’re talking about the right guy, lol?

  6. Julien says:

    Yeah, I’m talkin’ about the real Darius Miles! By all accounts, he’s overmotivated! Besides, Celtics are rumored to be strongly interested by him…

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