You’re a long way from the end of your career, but would you have interest in playing in the Australian NBL (National Basketball League) when you’re done competing in the NBA? Patrick Mills: It’s definitely a consideration — especially how well the NBL is doing now. They have my full backing and support, because the league has definitely risen to a whole other level in the last couple years, which is pleasing to see. I definitely would consider playing back in Australia at the end of my career. Not a lot of my family have been able to come over [to the U.S.] and watch me play. To be able to play in front of family and friends is very important to me, [so they could] be able to see me play live and not just on TV.
The Sydney Kings have moved quickly to replace import Michael Bryson, signing NBA journeyman Steve Blake as their third import. The NBL ladder leaders released the young guard on Friday, announcing Blake as his replacement on Saturday afternoon.
Sydney Kings have signed 13-year NBA veteran, Steve Blake, sources told foxsports.com.au. The introduction of Blake comes just a few days after the team released import, Michael Bryson, who struggled to make an impact in his short stint with the Kings.
Q: You get to play with another Australian in rookie big man Thon Maker. What are your early impressions of him? Matthew Dellavedova: He really impresses me as aggressive on the offensive boards. He’s a great athlete, and he has a great shooting touch as well. He needs to get stronger and put on a little bit of weight, but with how hard he works and how hard he plays, I think he’s got all the potential as well. I think he will be a great player.
Is that what will stick with you or more the pride of representing the country and overcoming odds to make it there in the first place? A.B.: A mix of both. Look, we’ve never medaled in an Olympics, even a bronze. We were so close. The Serbia game was the one I was really disappointed in. We just got absolutely annihilated. The Spain game, FIBA had its say in that one. I’m still a firm believer in that. You look at the game tape and see their last four points are free throws, and they weren’t fouls. That was probably the most disappointing thing, but you can’t cry over spilled milk. We’ve got to move on from it, but [it was] just disappointing that we were so close to getting a medal and lost the bronze-medal game by one point.
He’s a veteran of 316 NBA games, including back-to-back championships with the LA Lakers alongside the legendary Kobe Bryant, now Josh Powell will be a Sydney King. In a major boost ahead of Saturday night’s season opener against Brisbane, the new-look Kings have secured Powell’s services on a one-year deal. The veteran power forward was set to join Sydney last week, but the process was delayed due to dramas with his passport.
Matthew Dellavedova: It was great to have Larry out to visit! A big thank you to the Cavs, the NBA and LeBron for letting me have the trophy for a couple of days 👍 great having a chat to these blokes @hamishandandy, see you in Milwaukee for a rematch @hamishblakeshotz @upandgoau