Sometimes the healing is the hardest part.

Andre Miller understands the business of basketball means keeping abreast of the trade chatter, never getting too comfortable in an NBA city and, yes, keeping a good plan for packing quickly to move if the situation calls for action.

Still, the events in December 2006 were rough for even the tough-minded Miller to take.

Six days before Christmas, the Nuggets unceremoniously shipped Miller to the Philadelphia 76ers in eager anticipation of their present in return — superstar guard Allen Iverson .

Nearly two weeks earlier, a disgruntled Iverson demanded a trade from the only NBA team he had ever played for. A whirlwind span of time resulted in Miller, who was comfortable as a starting point guard in Denver, being traded by the Nuggets in a manner he wasn't happy with.

"It wasn't the fact that I was disappointed. It was how it went down," Miller said Monday after being reunited with the Nuggets. "I understand that it was part of the business and you have to accept it. It was just how it went down. That's the main thing."

He didn't go into detail. But the former University of Utah star acknowledged he took the situation so personally, he didn't talk to coach George Karl once since then until Sunday, three days after the Nuggets traded for him during the NBA draft.

"I took it personal, the trade (to Philadelphia)," Miller said. "And that was my motivation every time we came back here and played.

"You've got to find ways to keep yourself motivated. Not just personal with the staff, personal as my motivation. We didn't have any conversation until (Sunday)."