Townsville Bulletin

BOGUT HAILS ‘GENIUS’ MILLS MOVE

- MATT LOGUE

ANDREW Bogut has hailed Brooklyn’s Patty Mills signing as “genius” after the Aussie star put on a record-equalling three-point show in his Nets debut.

Mills picked up where he left off at the Tokyo Olympics with a standout performanc­e in his maiden Brooklyn appearance despite a seasonopen­ing 127-104 loss to champions Milwaukee.

The Boomers guard came off the bench after five minutes and dropped four consecutiv­e threes. He went on to finish with 21 points, including seven from seven from range, while adding 2 rebounds and 2 assists.

Mills’ seven threes is tied for most in NBA history for a debut with a new team. The

Aussie fan favourite also looked comfortabl­e bringing the ball up the floor.

Bogut believes Mills is destined for a defining year at Brooklyn after leading the Boomers to a historic

Olympic bronze medal.

“I think we will potentiall­y see a career year for Patty,” Bogut said.

“It is a genius signing by them (Brooklyn) to get that done. He is going to play a huge role and dedicate as to how far they go in my opinion.

“He is going to be that third or fourth cog scoring wise. I think Patty was one of the best signings.

Bogut expects Mills to play a bigger role with Nets superstar guard Kyrie Irving sidelined after refusing to take the Covid vaccinatio­n.

 ?? ?? Brooklyn Nets’ Patty Mills drives to the basket during the loss to Milwaukee.
Picture: Stacy Revere/getty Images
Brooklyn Nets’ Patty Mills drives to the basket during the loss to Milwaukee. Picture: Stacy Revere/getty Images

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