The Denver Nuggets initially believed that reserve guard Nate Robinson would be out for some time in the middle of the 2013-14 NBA season he suffered what was initially diagnosed as a sprained ACL. However, it seemed as if he would eventually return to action. That’s no longer, the case.
Upon further examination of Robinson’s knee, it was revealed that Robinson had, in fact, torn his ACL. This past Friday, Robinson underwent surgery to repair the ligament, effectively ending his first season with the Nuggets prematurely.
Robinson had started to come on a bit after struggling to adjust at the start of the season. However, losing his performance isn’t the biggest issue that the Nuggets face because of his injury.
With Robinson out and Ty Lawson nursing a rotator cuff injury, the Nuggets are shallow at the guard position right now. The obvious solution to this problem would be for the team to reach out to veteran guard Andre Miller, who was excused from the team after playing 30 games and being unhappy with the team’s performance, the coaching staff, and the team’s rotations.
According to a report from the Denver Post, though, the Nuggets won’t be reaching out to Miller anytime soon. When head coach Brian Shaw was asked about the possibility, he said that “there won’t be any reaching out from our end” and later added that he believes Miller is the one who would have to initiate any talks between the two parties.
While the situation and comments from Shaw seem a tad childish for professionals, this situation is something that will need to be resolved in some capacity in the near future. Whether Shaw and the Nuggets break down and contact Miller, Miller contacts the team, or the team trades/waives Miller, they are in no position to play the waiting game after the Robinson injury.