San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich votes on Patty Mills' foul trouble

You'd think San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich would trust Patty Mills after seven years and 424 games together.

But the NBA coaching great took time out during a game to ask his staff and Canberran Mills to vote on the question: "do we trust Patty?".

It was a lighthearted moment after Mills got himself into early foul trouble against the Golden State Warriors on Monday.

Popovich called Mills into a coaching huddle at a break in play. Mills, with a serious look on his face, joined the coaches.

"We've got five people here, we're going to vote," Popovich said. "Right now, we each have a vote, us five. Do we trust Patty to not get his third foul?


"All those people who trust him, raise your hand."

One by one they raised their hand, including Mills who by now had a cheeky grin on his face and looked over his shoulder to check everyone had their hand up.

"OK ... you're in," Popovich said. Mills finished with a grin: "I like you guys, I like you guys".

Mills started the match in the absence of Tony Parker and Dejounte Murray. He scored seven points and had one assist and one rebound in a slow night after 18 minutes on the court.

The 29-year-old is averaging 9.6 points and 2.6 points per game this season as the third-placed Spurs chase the Warriors and Houston Rockets in the western conference.

The Spurs' next game will be against the Utah Jazz at 1pm on Tuesday.