Spurs news: Patty Mills finds out he was snubbed out of All-Star 5 at FIBA World Cup
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Patty Mills finds out he was snubbed out of All-Star 5 at FIBA World Cup

Patty Mills

San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills awkwardly found out he missed out on his inclusion in the All-Star Five of the 2019 FIBA World Cup after being told by the Australian Basketball Federation that he had made the team.

Mills was Australia’s leading scorer, finishing the tournament with averages of 22.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game, all while shooting a robust 49.6% from the field and 40.4% from deep. The Boomers finished in fourth place after a semifinal double-overtime loss to Spain and a consequent second straight loss in the third-place game to France.

Mills said he was told on the bus after Australia’s loss to France that he had made the All-Star Five:

The team was comprised of Ricky Rubio, compatriot Marc Gasol (Spain), Luis Scola (Argentina), Evan Fournier (France), and Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia). Some could argue that Mills had a better all-around tournament than Fournier and perhaps even Rubio, but France winning bronze and Spain winning gold, with Rubio getting MVP, likely locked in those spots.

Australia is still in hot waters with FIBA after perhaps the most closely contested game of the entire competition, as Boomers assistant Luc Longley argued Spain had to get “kissed on the d*ck” to win that semifinal game and move on to the gold-medal game. The comments surely weren’t taken kindly by FIBA, and neither were Bogut’s, who basically accused them of being fraudulent after motioning money after a foul gave Gasol the chance to tie it up in regulation.

Whether it is Australia being out of FIBA’s good graces or truly just a matter of picking the most deserving, Mills vowed to be back to compete for more medals in the future:

Mills will now turn his attention to training camp with the San Antonio Spurs, which begins in about two weeks.