Once again, Australian G Patty Mills is sitting on the sidelines waiting for a professional basketball team to employ his services after Chinese club Xinjiang terminated his contract because of a “fake injury.”
Mills has been absent from the court since December 23 due to a hamstring injury.
The 6’0’’ Aussie who played 74 games in the NBA for the Portland Trailblazers averaging 5.1 ppg and 1.5 apg, was basically called a liar after he asked team officials if he could sit out an additional two weeks to gain full health … a request which was denied, instead they opted for termination papers.
Mills has kept his followers up to date on Twitter on his injury and again went back to the social media site to display his disappointment, tweeting, “So basically everything in Chinese media is totally inaccurate and false. I’ve been honest and professional throughout.”
In 12 games for the Chinese team, Patty racked up 26.5 ppg. Mills told cameronlarkin.com last night that the plan is to focus and prepare for a crack at the 2012-13 NBA season.
Recent departures from the Xinjiang Tigers also include former NBA assistance coach with the Hornets and Cavs, Bob Donewald Jnr, as well as the first selection in the 2000 NBA draft and 2004 NBA All-Star, Kenyon Martin.