Patrick Mills RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:185 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:185 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
Mike Monroe: league source sez #Spurs talking to #Cavs re. trade for B. Hayward’s non-guaranteed $10.5 M contract Jeff McDonald: Splitter and Mills would work.
After missing last year’s FIBA World Cup after undergoing offseason rotator cuff surgery, Spurs guard Patty Mills says he plans to resume work with the Australian national team in this summer’s Olympic qualifier. “It was rough sitting out last year,” Mills said. “It was a major tournament, and it was hard knowing that I wasn’t there. Having sat out last year, I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing with the guys.”
The Spurs knew he would miss the first two months of this season recovering from surgery, but of the decision to commit $12 million to keep an injured free agent, Popovich says, “It wasn’t even a question. Obviously he can shoot the basketball and has a lot of energy. But he’s beloved on this team for his enthusiasm, his kindness, his understated gravitas. As long as I’m here, he’s going to be here. Unless we can’t afford him.”
Recently, Mills opened up about the injury and said he had to exercise a lot of patience since returning to the court and is looking for a big push after the All-Star break in the video below. Mills also touched on getting opponent’s A-game being the defending champs and who the team relishes in it as well as the competitive Western Conference.
Mills attended college in the United States at Saint Mary’s College of California, viewing the move to the West Coast as a better pathway to the NBA. His accent, pronunciation and terminology made it difficult at times to communicate. “‘Ketchup’ for example — we don’t call it ‘ketchup,’ we call it ‘tomato sauce,’” Mills said. “If you say tomato sauce to someone, first of all they don’t understand your accent so they don’t know what you’re saying. Even when you say ‘tomato,’ they can’t quite understand you. Although it’s English, there are a lot of things that you still struggle to understand.”
Mills drew comparisons between Martin Luther King and Eddie Mabo — not the first time he has discussed the Australian indigenous leader among his San Antonio Spurs teammates. Mabo was a Torres Strait Islander who fought a long battle for recognition of land rights for indigenous Australians. “The other part of it is my strong belief in Martin Luther King Jr is also the same as Eddie Mabo,” Mills said. “Those two guys are very close together. They both share the same message around the world, here and in Australia.”
Patty Mills did not enter the AT&T Center riding on a white horse Sunday. He didn’t don a superhero’s cape and come swooping in to save the day. Fresh off the injured list after missing the Spurs’ first 31 games recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, the backup guard was not a one-man cavalry, storming to the rescue in a much-needed 110-106 victory over Houston. After one fourth-quarter play in particular, however, Tiago Splitter wasn’t so sure Mills didn’t at least save something. “He really saved my ass,” Splitter said.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will take some convincing before he allows Mills to play again. “I’m going to hold him off as long as I can,” Popovich said. “There will be a point he won’t allow me to do that any more and that’s fine. But for right now I’m winning the battle. At some point I’ll lose it.”
Mills had surgery in early July to repair a torn right rotator cuff, after which doctors projected a mid-January return to action. Cleared to begin full contact, five-on-five practice, he now thinks he might be able to play in one of the four remaining games this month. “Mid-January had been (projected) all the way through,” Mills said, “but as I’ve progressed it’s end of December now.”
Jeff McDonald: Patty Mills (shoulder) has graduated to contact work, went through entire shootaround today. Still looking at January return, per Pop.
Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills are among 16 nominees up for Hoops Hype’s 2014 Tweeter of the Year. Ginobili currently sits in second, about 2,000 votes behind Philadelphia rookie Joel Embiid. Diaw and Mills are in fifth and sixth, respectively. All three are obviously active on the popular social media site, particularly Ginobili. He won the award last year, posting everything from math riddles for local high school students to win Spurs tickets to candid pictures of his young sons.
Tony Parker (bruised ribs) is probable for tomorrow night’s game at Brooklyn. Patty Mills (right shoulder surgery) and Tiago Splitter (tightness, right calf) remain out.
Paul Garcia: The Spurs announced Cory Joseph is questionable for Kings game Friday. Patty Mills, Tiago Splitter remain out.
Jeff McDonald: Spurs injury report: Belinelli (questionable). Joseph (ankle) and Bonner (ill) doubtful. Splitter (calf) and Mills (shoulder surgery) out.