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Darius LaVar Miles (born October 9, 1981) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player who is currently a free agent.

The , small forward was selected directly out of high school by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 3rd overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft. He was a First Team NBA All-Rookie in 2001, a first for a prep-to-pro player.

Miles playing career nearly came to an end when he was released by the Portland Trail Blazers in April 2008 after two years away from the court following microfracture surgery on his right knee. While he rebounded by joining the Boston Celtics for the 2008–2009 pre-season, his regular season debut with the Grizzlies was postponed for ten games while he sat out a League-mandated suspension for violating its substance abuse policy.

Early years

Miles was born in Bellevillemarker, Illinoismarker and attended East St. Louis High Schoolmarker in East St. Louismarker, Illinoismarker.

NBA career

Los Angeles Clippers

Miles entered the 2000 NBA Draft and was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers as the third overall pick, at the time the highest a player had been drafted directly from high school. He played his first two seasons with the Clippers, earning an NBA All-Rookie Team first team honor in 2001.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Following the 2001–2002 season he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he spent a season and a half before being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers midway through the 2003–04 season.

Portland Trail Blazers

During the 2004–05 season, Miles made headlines after a confrontation with then-coach Maurice Cheeks in which Miles reportedly insulted Cheeks with racial slurs and remarked he "did not care if the team were to lose the next 20 games" since Cheeks was "going to be fired anyway".

According to ESPN's Chad Ford as well as various other accounts, after Miles became disorderly and Cheeks asked him to leave, Miles' response was "Make me." At last, when Cheeks left the room to go see John Nash (GM of Blazers), Miles ran behind him shouting, "That's right, run to your daddy." http://proxy.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=ford_chad&id=1980732

 On April 19, 2005, he scored a career-high 47 points in a loss against the Denver Nuggets, which tied for the eighth-highest single-game output in franchise history.


Midway through the 2005–2006 season Miles severely injured his knee. Five days later, on April 15, 2006, he played in his 40th and last game of the season. He missed the entire 2006–07 and 2007–08 NBA seasons due to microfracture surgery to repair his injury.

In an effort to shed Miles' $18 million dollar contract, the Portland Trail Blazers petitioned the NBA and the NBA Players Association in March 2008 to provide an independent doctor to decide if Miles would be able to play again. Following the examination, it was determined that the damage to Miles' knee was severe enough to be classified as career-ending, prompting the Blazers to request waivers for his release on April 14, 2008. However, Miles had the option to sign on with another team if offered a contract, potentially reverting the $18 million dollar break the Blazers had hoped to gain if Miles managed to play in 10 games in 2008.

Complicating matters was a 10-day suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy levied by the NBA, which Miles would be subjected to before he could take the court with any NBA team.

Boston Celtics

On August 22, 2008, the Celtics signed Miles to a non-guaranteed contract offering him a chance to earn a roster spot at training camp. Though he worked out twice with the team and impressed with his health and attitude, he was waived on October 20, 2008, before the regular season started.

Memphis Grizzlies

On December 13, 2008, Miles signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. After sitting out his ten-game suspension, Miles made his season debut with the team on January 4, 2009, playing the last 1:46 in a 102–82 win against the Dallas Mavericks. On January 7, after collecting only 2 rebounds and 2 blocks in 9 minutes over two games, Miles was waived. On January 9, following a controversy over his re-signing, the Grizzlies inked Miles to a 10-day contract. The next game, against the Cavaliers on January 14, Miles played 14 minutes and exhibited some of the quickness and leaping ability he once possessed. He recorded 13 points on 4 of 6 shooting and making 5 of 7 free throws in a 102–87 loss. On January 30, 2009 the Grizzlies signed Miles for the rest of the 2008–09 season.

On July 9, 2009 the Grizzlies renounced their rights on Miles in order to save cap room.

Career-ending injury controversy

Under NBA rules, if a team is granted salary-cap relief for a career-ending injury to a player and that player subsequently participates in at least ten games the next season the salary cap relief is terminated and the amount of relief granted is added back to the team's salary cap ceiling.

On January 8, 2009, after Miles had played six pre 2008-2009-season games with the Celtics and two before being released from a non-guaranteed contract by the Grizzlies, the Portland Trail Blazers threatened to sue any of the other 29 NBA teams that picked up Miles and played him specifically to adversely impact their salary cap and tax positions. In response, the NBA players' association threatened to file a grievance against the Trail Blazers.

After a specific directive from the NBA Commissioner's office the next day declaring that any team could sign Miles and the League would approve the contract, the Memphis Grizzlies re-signed Miles on January 10, 2009, to a 10-day non-guaranteed contract. Subsequently Miles played the two games necessary to trigger the $18 million owed to him by Portland for the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons being re-added to Portland's cap amount. Miles was then re-signed by the Grizzlies to two more 10-day contracts before being inked for the rest of the 2008–09 season on January 30, 2009.

Acting career

Miles had a role in The Perfect Score (2004), as a high school basketball star who needs to achieve a qualifying SAT score to attend St. John's Universitymarker, closely paralleling his real life situation coming out of high school. He also appeared in National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002), along with then-Clipper teammates Michael Olowokandi and Quentin Richardson. He also appeared in a documentary titled The Youngest Guns (2004), which detailed Miles' and Richardson's first few years in the NBA.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2000–01
L.A. Clippers
81 21 26.3 .505 .053 .521 5.9 1.2 .6 1.5 9.4
2001–02
L.A. Clippers
82 6 27.2 .481 .158 .620 5.5 2.2 .9 1.3 9.5
2002–03
Cleveland
67 62 30.0 .410 .000 .594 5.4 2.6 1.0 1.0 9.2
2003–04
Cleveland
37 16 24.0 .432 .167 .542 4.5 2.2 .7 .7 8.9
2003–04
Portland
42 40 28.4 .526 .200 .702 4.6 2.0 1.0 .8 12.6
2004–05
Portland
63 22 27.0 .482 .348 .600 4.7 2.0 1.2 1.2 12.8
2005–06
Portland
40 23 32.2 .461 .200 .534 4.6 1.8 1.0 1.0 14.0
2008–09
Memphis
34 0 8.8 .485 .167 .742 1.7 .5 .3 .6 3.5
Career
446 190 26.3 .472 .168 .590 4.9 1.9 .9 1.1 10.1

References

  1. Blazers suspend Miles
  2. Trail Blazers request waivers on Miles
  3. http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/players/Darius_Miles
  4. http://www.hoopsworld.com/TheWireStory.asp?id=14458#
  5. Blazers waive Miles
  6. http://grg51.typepad.com/steroid_nation/2008/12/darrius-miles-.html
  7. Miles, thought to have career-ending injury, signs with Celtics, ESPN.com, August 22, 2008.
  8. Celtics sign Darius Miles, Boston Herald, August 22, 2008.
  9. Gary Dzen, Celtics waive Miles, The Boston Globe, October 20, 2008.
  10. Griz sign former star forward Darius Miles, December 14, 2008
  11. Mayo's 18 second-half points keep Mavs at bay
  12. Memphis Grizzlies Wave Darius Miles SI.com, January 7, 2009
  13. Report: Grizzlies ignore Blazers' threat. Retrieved on 2009-01-10.
  14. Grizzlies Resign Miles ESPN.com, January 30, 2009
  15. Reports: Blazers try to blackball Miles, January 8, 2009.
  16. Union to file grievance vs. Blazers. Retrieved on 2009-01-10.
  17. http://www.examiner.com/x-426-Sports-Examiner~y2009m1d9-Portland-tells-NBA-keep-away-from-Darius-or-else
  18. Miles at IMDB


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