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!