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Miller Discusses First Kings Game

Andre Miller shares insight into his first game in Sacramento. Plus, George Karl weighs in on the team's new on-court assistant coach.
by Steven Wilson
Writer, Digital

One day after learning he’d been acquired by the Sacramento Kings, Andre Miller was on the Sleep Train Arena court wearing the purple and black.

But he’s used to that.

Now in his sixteenth season with his seventh team, the Kings acquired Miller in a trade with Washington on Thursday and he quickly jumped on a plane and flew out to Sacramento for his physical.

Moments later, he was taking the court for his first game with his new team.

“I knew I was going to play as long as I got here on time,” admitted Miller. “I completed the physical and - like George and many people around the League know, I don’t like to miss games.

“I was a little bit nervous because I didn’t want to make any mistakes. But I was more nervous about my energy level because I haven’t slept in 32 hours.”

Although he turns 39 in March, Miller should feel rested as he was averaging just 12 minutes per game in Washington.

"My role has changed a little bit, but I’m embracing the challenge,” he admitted.

No. 22 saw 23 minutes on Friday night in the team’s win scoring eight points, collecting four rebounds, dishing out four assists and, most importantly, providing a veteran presence in the Kings backcourt.

“Andre also gave us an assistant coach on the floor (Friday night),” Sacramento’s new Head Coach George Karl said.

Despite the transition from the East Coast to the West Coast, Miller and Karl should be on the same page already.

The two were paired together from 2003 to 2007 in Denver and again in 2011 to 2013. The duo had a close relationship while with the Nuggets, and Miller enjoyed some of his best seasons in the blue and yellow.

Kings fans hope that relationship ignites the veteran’s season.

“My focus is staying healthy and finishing off the season on a good note,” he concluded.