HoopsHype Patrick Mills rumors

July 2, 2014 Updates

A shoulder injury has forced a devastated Patrick Mills to withdraw from Australia's world cup campaign as the NBA championship-winner faces up to seven months out of action. Fairfax Media can reveal Mills will have surgery in the coming days to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Mills played through pain during the season and scans revealed the wear and tear injury just two weeks after he helped lift the San Antonio Spurs to an NBA title and on the first day of free agency. Sydney Morning Herald

Some experts predicted Mills' next contract would be worth up to $5 million after the best season of his five-year NBA career. But his shoulder injury will rule him out of the first three months of the 2014-15 NBA campaign. Sydney Morning Herald

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Mills, 25, has always been on the Knicks radar for this summer but he could have zoomed to the top after his playoff performance. The speedy 6-foot point guard with a sweet 3-point shot delivered the knockout blow to the Heat in Sunday’s Game 5 clincher. New York Post

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Before diagramming any Xs or Os, the coach asked his players to help one of their teammates, point guard Patty Mills, celebrate a special day. Popovich explained to his players the significance of June 3 to Indigenous Australians, who celebrate it as Eddie Mabo Day, the anniversary of a high court decision recognizing the land rights of Indigenous Australians and, specifically, Torres Strait Islanders. The Torres Strait Islands are within the boundaries of Australia but in the straits between the far Northern tip of Australia and Papua New Guinea. San Antonio Express-News

Welling with emotion as Popovich spoke, Mills, the son of an Indigenous Torres Strait Islander father and an Indigenous South Australian mother, found himself at a loss for words. “It was unbelievable,” said Mills, who earned a role as Tony Parker's backup this season, his fifth in the NBA. “I had no idea Pop was going to do it. I had no idea he even knew about (Mabo Day), but for him to bring that up in a meeting before the NBA Finals, just to give everyone a heads-up, was very special.” San Antonio Express-News

Though he has had a few tough times in his career — he was out of the NBA most of the 2011-12 season before the Spurs signed him to a free agent contract on March 27, 2012 — Mills said the experiences of his mother always have inspired him and reminded him to remain strong. Yvonne Mills was among the Indigenous Australians whose families were separated forcibly by past Australian federal, state and territorial government agencies and church missions, from the late 19th century to the 1970s. Children removed from their families were sent to institutions or adopted by nonindigenous families. Those thus affected came to be known as the stolen generations. San Antonio Express-News

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