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Chris Mills: Renaissance Man?

February 12, 2010

Chris Mills 1994 Upper Deck No. 192

Chris Mills, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, playing in the Rookie Challenge, 1994 Upper Deck No. 192

Rear of Chris Mills 1994 Upper Deck No. 192

Chris Mills 1994 Upper Deck No. 192 back

After being selected as the 22nd pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, forward Chris Mills represented the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA’s first rookie challenge in 1994. Mills was featured on Upper Deck’s 1994 set while playing with the Sensations team.

In the game, he scored the second most points for the Sensations with 12 points to go along with five rebounds and three blocked shots.

The might have been the highlight of the professional career for the University of Arizona product.

After four seasons with the Cavs,  Mills  joining the New York Knicks, from 1997-98 and the Golden State Warriors, from 1998-2003.

Mills also had a cup of coffee with the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks, but never actually played a game for any of them.

While with the Warriors in 1999, Mills attempted to make a basket in the wrong basket. The shot was blocked by Samaki Walker of the Mavericks.

In December 2002, in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Mills had to be separated from Bonzi Wells, who according to the league took a swing at Mills.

After the game, according CBS Sports columnist Mike Kahn, Mills allegedly attempted to go after Wells in the locker room and used his car to block the Blazers’ team bus, challenged Wells to come off the bus and then followed the bus and its police escort all the way out to the airport.

Mills also recorded a rap single “Sumptin’ to Groove To,” along with several NBA players on the album “Basketball’s best Kept Secret,” released in 1994.

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