Brandon Roy’s teammate was shocked by a published report that the Portland Blazers may push Roy to retire, something Patty Mills thinks is completely ludicrous. From Pro Basketball News: “Mills isn’t happy at all about this Brandon Roy situation. Often looked as cuddly because of his stature and role, Mills has strong opinions that Blazers’ management might not want to hear, but he feels and obligation to share them nonetheless. ‘For him (Brandon Roy) to retire, is definitely out of the question,’ Mills told PBN. ‘He’s had a tough road over the last couple of years with injuries, but I believe that they’re all things that can be fixed.’ Mills was surprised by The Oregonian’s report that the Blazers may try to talk Roy into retirement – a story that has been the number one topic of the week in Portland. ‘He still has a lot in him and if it’s not physically, I think his determination to just play and to win will get him across the line to keep going on. I have all the belief in Brandon…he’s a smart person and he’ll figure out ways to become that All-Star again.’ Portland has been on a roll this past week, as far as eyebrow-raising news is concerned. Before the Roy news took over the local headlines, the firing of Rich Cho was the topic of discussion. With only 10 months as the Blazers’ general management under his belt, Cho’s firing came out of nowhere. ‘I didn’t really see it coming,’ said Mills. ‘I thought he did good. He handled the guys really well and formed some friendships. It’s very unfortunate that he couldn’t stick around.’ Despite all the negative attention the Blazers’ front office has cast upon themselves, Mills, now a free agent, says there is no place he’d rather be than in Portland. ‘I really love Portland,’ said Mills. ‘I love the two years I’ve spent there. I formed some good friendships with the guys on my team. I would love to come back to Portland and continue my career. We’ll see where that goes.'”
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