Anonz, we did play much better in our last game against Slovenia. But I agree, I doubt Lemanis is the guy who will give us results internationally.
This Mills thing is turning into a real fiasco. We are meant to believe that after 3 days they haven't been able to get through to Patty, and we have Lemanis talking like bringing patty in is simply an "option" to weigh up between taking a Uni games player, or going with 11. When we're talking about our best available guard (and possibly, best available player) the thought of any other option is laughable to say the least.
But here we are, and we really don't know where we stand. Those saying that Patty will almost definitely play for us are jumping the gun, and we may even be jumping the gun in assuming that the Boomers have given a real honest effort into contacting him. Boti alluded to their being more to this story, but wouldn't give any specifics. His article does mention that Mills arrival in Melbourne coincides with the beginning of Boomers camp, which is heartening. But will Patty be on court come August 15? Hmmm...
I think Lemanis has talked himself into a corner. If he brings Mills in, he will be contradicting his earlier comments about 'needing' to be in the European tour. His little 'synergy' will be disrupted, and he will have to effectively grovel to a player he cut. However, if he doesn't bring Mills in, he will continue to feel public pressure and scorn, his synergy will be fine, but he will probably be less likely to beat New Zealand. In the coming days, we will see which face saving measure was deemed appropriate for Lemanis.