Fresh off his two 10-day contracts with Brooklyn, Mitch Creek will take a breather from the G League to play for the Australian national team in the FIBA Asia World Cup Qualifiers this week.
Creek will play Wednesday vs Kazakhstan in the Kazakh capital of Astana. Then on Sunday, it’s on Tehran, the Iranian capital. Australia has already clinched a spot representing Asia in the FIBA World Cup this summer but his coaches would like to enhance team chemistry.
The 6’6” wing will miss at least two and possibly three Long Island games. But Kenny Atkinson told reporters Tuesday that Creek will return to the G League after the national team stint. Creek is one of two Australian national team connections on Long Island. Head coach Will Weaver is an assistant coach with the Boomers.
Australia’s head coach, Andrej Lemanis told reporters that Creek would be critical for the Boomers both in the two-game series and the World Cup, which is being held in China.
“He’s going to be an important part of these two games with his experience and presence. He’ll be big for us,’’ Lemanis said. “Creeky just bleeds the green and gold and it’s nice to reunite with him. He’s been doing great in the G-League.’’
Creek has averaged 14.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals for Long Island.
Brooklyn can re-sign Creek but it would have to be a standard NBA contract. He’s run out of ten-days.