SALT LAKE CITY -- Now in his seventh NBA season, there isn't much that can rattle C.J. Miles.
The Utah Jazz swingman began his career as an 18-year-old, who spent so much time in then-coach Jerry Sloan's doghouse it seemed he might start getting mail delivered there. Since then he has been bounced back and forth between the Jazz and the NBA Development League, recorded a 40-point game against the Minnesota Timberwolves last season and appeared in more than 300 games for the Jazz.
Although he's seen plenty during his time in Utah, Miles went through a strange experience last week as the Jazz went on a four-game winning streak.
At the start of the week he played 21 minutes in a victory over New Orleans, the following night he logged 26 minutes to help the Jazz top Milwaukee. Two days later he saw his playing time slashed to just nine minutes as the Jazz topped Memphis. The next night, as Utah beat Golden State for its first road victory of the season, the 24-year-old earned only four minutes.
"That's the way things are," coach Tyrone Corbin said.
Corbin said the solid play of rookie Alec Burks and second-year man Gordon Hayward, coupled with the Jazz playing four games in seven nights precipitated a change in Miles' minutes.
He also said those minutes could increase as quickly as they decreased.
"The rotations are what they are, but he'll continue to play," Corbin said. "We're playing so many games and when guys go good, their minutes may extend. When combinations work, the minutes may extend for that combination. Here again, we want all 13 guys to be ready play."
For his part, Miles said he'll be ready whenever he's called upon.
"We're winning games, guys are playing well," he said. "When they put me out there I'm going to do my job. Today, my job is just to work and stay ready."
During the off season and through the NBA lockout, Miles spent extra time focusing on getting himself in tip-top playing shape. He also devoted time to refining his skills on both ends of the floor.
Before the season began he even admitted one of his goals is to become an All-Star.
So far this season he has played in all eight games, averaging just under 17 minutes per contest. In that time he has averaged 6.9 points while shooting just 30 percent from the field.
That last number needs to improve drastically if Miles is going to realize his goal of becoming an All-Star, much less seeing his playing time increased.
Miles admitted he puts more pressure on himself when he isn't sure how long he'll be on the court, which isn't an uncommon occurrence for NBA players.
Sometimes when a player isn't sure when he'll be taken out of the game, he feels a greater pressure to succeed quickly. That in turn can lead him to either hesitate to shoot an open shot or force up an ill-advised shot.
Miles has dealt with both those problems during his time with the Jazz. However, his coaches and teammates have often praised his willingness to work and his desire to improve.
Now one of the team's veteran players, Miles has been careful to set an example for his younger teammates. Consequentlly, as his playing time has decreased he has chosen his words carefully so as not to become a distraction.
"(Corbin) is going to play who he feels he needs to play at that moment and I can't control that," he said. "We're winning games and that's the ultimate goal. I'm here to help the team win."