Title: ‘Now I know I belong’: Malcolm Miller’s strange path finally lands him an NBA contract
Date: February 13, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Malcolm Miller’s odd, circuitous route to finally signing an NBA contract. For real this time.
Sometime last week, Malcolm Miller was called in for a meeting with Raptors 905 head coach Jama Mahlalela. Nearing the three-quarter mark of the G League season, Mahlalela was checking in with each of his players. He wanted to focus their energy not only on a late-season playoff push but on where they want to be at the end of the season to prepare them for the next year of their professional careers. Miller received a Nike hoodie with the team’s “Win The Moment” mantra on it and was asked what moments he wanted to win down the stretch.
Only six games into his comeback from offseason surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum, Miller’s answer was the same as it had been in Summer League and last year as a two-way player on the Raptors: Whatever moments get him to the NBA.
Some 24 hours later, Mahlalela summoned Miller again. The 905 had just flown from Wisconsin to Boston, where Chris Boucher left the team to be re-routed to the parent club in New York and the team eagerly embraced a flight delay that allowed them to keep up with the news through a dramatic trade deadline. Those deadline moves left the Raptors’ NBA roster thin and necessitated this second meeting. When their connecting flight landed in Maine, Miller, too, would be getting re-routed to the Raptors. He was being called up and signed what he thought was a 10-day contract.