Patty Mills released as club claims 'fake injury'

JOE BARTON
Last updated 20:40 04/01/2012
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UNEMPLOYED: Former Melbourne Tigers star Patty Mills has been released from his Chinese club, who claim he faked a hamstring injury.

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Patty Mills has slammed reports he was faking a hamstring injury, as his Chinese club terminated the Australian basketball star's lucrative contract.

Mills was released by Xinjiang Flying Tigers, with the club accusing the dynamic point guard of faking the hamstring injury which has troubled him since December 23.

The 23-year-old signed with Xinjiang in November, leaving NBL team Melbourne Tigers, on a deal reportedly worth upwards of $1 million, but his relationship with the club has deteriorated as they debated the seriousness of the injury.

Mills took to Twitter to fire back at a club release from team general manager Hou Wei which said "due to a fake injury, the Xinjiang team has cut the foreign player Mills".

"Firstly, hammy is doing well and is on track to be back in full swing by next Saturday," Mills said.

"That will be 3 (weeks since suffering the injury).

"I had both MRIs sent to my doctor in Aus.

"It was made clear from the start to EVERYONE that it was a torn hamstring and would take 3-6 weeks (to recover).

"So why the team and doctors over here are saying its not torn, only swelling and should be playing totally defeats me.

"So basically everything in the Chinese media is totally inaccurate and false. Ive been honest and professional throughout."

During his 12 matches with Xinjiang, Mills averaged 26.5 points a game, but his relationship began to sour after the club sacked coach Bob Donewald late in December.

It is believed the Boomers guard's long-term ambition is to return to the NBA, preferably with his former team the Portland Trail Blazers.

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