The Darius Miles era is over. The Celtics have cut the 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward.
“I think we really wanted to give him a shot of hooking on with someone else,” coach Doc Rivers said at practice today, a few minutes after the team made the announcement. “He was great, really.”
Rivers said the 27-year-old Miles, who missed the past two years after undergoing microfracture knee surgery Nov. 18, 2006, wasn’t likely to be in the regular rotation.
“But he did a lot of good things,” Rivers said. “He definitely can play in this league. You never know if he’ll be back here or not.”
In six preseason games, he averaged 1.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 10.4 minutes.
“He needed a little bit more time to get his body right,” Celtics’ captain Paul Pierce said of Miles.
Coming off Sunday’s 83-66 win over the Nets, the Celtics will leave for New York today at 1 p.m. They take on the Knicks Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
As we say goodbye to D-Miles, here’s a little known fact. You might remember him from such telethons as “Out With Gout ’88″ and “Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House”. That was Troy McClure (RIP). But D-Miles, he really was in such films as “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” and “The Perfect Score!” Let’s just say he was no Jesus Shuttlesworth.