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Marc Stein: Spurs & Mills, I'm told, already talking new deal ... but injury bound to shrink what might've been promising market for flammable shooter Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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Before diagramming any Xs or Os, the coach asked his players to help one of their teammates, point guard Patty Mills, celebrate a special day. Popovich explained to his players the significance of June 3 to Indigenous Australians, who celebrate it as Eddie Mabo Day, the anniversary of a high court decision recognizing the land rights of Indigenous Australians and, specifically, Torres Strait Islanders. The Torres Strait Islands are within the boundaries of Australia but in the straits between the far Northern tip of Australia and Papua New Guinea. San Antonio Express-News

Welling with emotion as Popovich spoke, Mills, the son of an Indigenous Torres Strait Islander father and an Indigenous South Australian mother, found himself at a loss for words. “It was unbelievable,” said Mills, who earned a role as Tony Parker's backup this season, his fifth in the NBA. “I had no idea Pop was going to do it. I had no idea he even knew about (Mabo Day), but for him to bring that up in a meeting before the NBA Finals, just to give everyone a heads-up, was very special.” San Antonio Express-News

Though he has had a few tough times in his career — he was out of the NBA most of the 2011-12 season before the Spurs signed him to a free agent contract on March 27, 2012 — Mills said the experiences of his mother always have inspired him and reminded him to remain strong. Yvonne Mills was among the Indigenous Australians whose families were separated forcibly by past Australian federal, state and territorial government agencies and church missions, from the late 19th century to the 1970s. Children removed from their families were sent to institutions or adopted by nonindigenous families. Those thus affected came to be known as the stolen generations. San Antonio Express-News

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As sort of an unofficial goodwill ambassador for San Antonio, Mills eagerly embraces any Aussie that lands in Bexar County. Among those from Down Under he has hosted recently are two high school basketball teams from his hometown of Canberra, the Australian women's national basketball team and several golfers who participated in the Valero Texas Open, including a fellow Indigenous Australian. “You just feel like you have to look after them and treat them good while they are in town,” Mills said after the Spurs trounced the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Wednesday. “I've been here for three years now, so any Australians who come out, I'm going to take good care of them, take them out, show them the good places, show them what I have learned about Texas culture. We're definitely looking out for and showing support for any Aussies that come through San Antonio and Texas.” San Antonio Express-News

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Jeff McDonald: Pop super complimentary of Patty Mills' season. Then I asked why Mills did didn't get much run last season. Pop: "He was a little fat ass." Twitter @JMcDonald_SAEN

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