For all our Aussie readers, here’s some news on our ballers abroad!
Pat Mills – Portland Trailblazers, NBA
Patty Cakes has gotten the call-up. Wasting away on the Blazers bench whilst his good friend Rudy Fernandez & rookie Armon Johnson got minutes ahead of him, Patty played 8 minutes today against the Celtics on the road in Boston today. Mike Barrett, broadcaster for the Portland Trailblazers said after the game, ‘We also saw a change in the second unit when Patty Mills got the most significant action of his Blazers’ career. I have to give it to Mike Rice, who called this following Tuesday’s game. He said Patty would get his shot, and he did in this game. He played 8 minutes, recorded a couple of assists, and was solid. I think we’ll see him continue to get the call for 8 to 12 minutes per game.’ Not to mention zero turnovers. Great to see Patty getting the call up, well deserved!
Andrew Bogut – Milwaukee Bucks, NBA
Bogut sat out of the Bucks game against the Denver Nuggets and the Bucks were beaten comfortably. The Bucks have struggled with injuries to Bogut, Gooden, Delfino & others and whilst the Bogey Man is averaging a double-double and around 2.7 blocks per game, the Bucks are a little underwhelming right now. Hopefully Bogut can recover from his back & neck injuries soon and bring his Aussie toughness to the hardwood. If Bogut can stay healthy, the guy is an All-Star.
David Anderson – Toronto Raptors, NBA
Anderson has been traded to the New Orleans Hornets in a 5 player deal that sent Anderson, Jarrett Jack & Marcus Banks to the Hornets in exchange for Peja Stojakovic & Jerryd Bayliss. Anderson isn’t predicted to get many minutes in NO, as the Hornets already have a similar animal in Jason Smith. It’s a shame though, as Anderson was averaging 5 pts & 3 rebs in 13.6 minutes off the bench prior to the trade. Hopefully we see him out on the floor for the Hornets soon!
Nathan Jawai – BT Partisan
Nate is playing for Partisan Belgrade (Serbian League) and in the Adriatic League is averaging 11.3 ppg. Nate had highs of 19 pts & 8 boards against Cedevita.
More reports to come soon!