As Washington guard Andre Miller was about to enter the game at the start of the second quarter Sunday, he and Nuggets coach Brian Shaw had a brief conversation in front of the scorer's table.
It didn't lead to an embrace and an announcement that all was forgiven, but it was at least civil and ended with a touching of hands.
"I just went over to him and said, 'Whatever it's worth to you, sorry that everything happened the way that it did, good luck going forward the rest of the season,' " Shaw said after the Nuggets' 105-102 victory over the Wizards. "He just kind of gave me a little pound and I don't remember what he said. 'It's no big deal,' or something like that."
Decision revisited. Miller scored two points in his first game against the Nuggets since his Feb. 20 trade to the Wizards — a trade that followed his exile from the team in the wake of his Jan. 1 blowup at Shaw.
Before the game, Miller was a little more expansive in talking about his absence from the Nuggets' camp than previously.
"It was a decision made by both sides, to benefit both sides," Miller said. "I said I wanted to stay away and they granted it. I wasn't like it was made out to be: 'He's disgruntled, he's exiled from the team.' That wasn't the case. I had a choice."
Why did he make that choice?
"Just where I was at," he said. "Where my thoughts were, how I felt. I thought it was best for me just to move on."
Miller said the Nuggets asked him to return during the injury siege that briefly left them with no point guards, but he declined. "I'd say I wish I could be out there with my teammates, but I just made the decision for myself just to stay away," he said. "I didn't want to bring any more attention to the organization or to the players to distract them from moving forward. So I just kind of stayed away."