HoopsHype Patrick Mills rumors

June 7, 2014 Updates

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

June 6, 2014 Updates
May 24, 2014 Updates

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

April 29, 2014 Updates
March 26, 2014 Updates

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

February 20, 2014 Updates
February 14, 2014 Updates

He scored 32 points against the Charlotte Bobcats in just 25 minutes on the court. The 25-year-old averages 9.3 points per game this season and Spurs coach Popovich heaped praise on the speedy point guard. ''He came back to us with a totally different body [this year], he worked the entire time to change fat to muscle,'' Popovich said. ''He came back quicker, more dedicated defensively and he's making great decisions compared to the past. He really wanted the job he has right now, he came back [to the Spurs] and took it.'' Sydney Morning Herald

February 10, 2014 Updates

He never gives a thought to the idea of going somewhere else where he might play more, score more or be more of a household name in the States. The concept of team is too strong to leave. "It's the organization, it's the people involved, it's the people at the top, in Timmy [Duncan], Tony and Manu, who trickle down to us," Mills said. "They're great leaders. And I think the rest of the team are great followers as well. There's an understanding of why you're playing the game, and who you're playing for. I think the underlying thing on this team is we play for each other. We care about each other as teammates, and we know that people are going to have our backs on the court." NBA.com

February 3, 2014 Updates

However the rule doesn't apply to international hopefuls, paving the way for Exum to accelerate his career. He sought the counsel of family and several Australian Boomers teammates before deciding that skipping college was in his best interests. ''The main thing was some players don't perform in college, it is a different game and I was also thinking about injuries,'' Exum said. ''Being over there I'd be under the microscope, in my opinion it was a smart move to forego it and head straight to the NBA. ''My dad was a big influence, but Joe Ingles, Patty Mills and Andrew Bogut helped me through this decision. Bogut went through the pressure of being the No.1 pick, he knows what it's all about.'' Canberra Times

November 4, 2013 Updates
October 13, 2013 Updates

With the Spurs yet to play on television this season — their first appearance will be Monday against Denver on NBA TV — you probably haven’t had a chance to get a look at Patty Mills’ offseason makeover. Mills told the Express-News he hasn’t lost much weight, but dropped his body fat under seven percentage to win a bet that teammate Boris Diaw wasn’t willing to participate in outside of the actual wager. San Antonio Express-News

October 12, 2013 Updates

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich raved about the conditioning work Mills put in to get there. But his description of the Australian’s defense after the CSKA game was telling. “I would say erratic is the best adjective,” Popovich said. “He always kind of flung around in all sorts of directions. He creates a little bit of havoc in all directions, really.” San Antonio Express-News

October 7, 2013 Updates
August 1, 2013 Updates

NBA players Patty Mills and Aron Baynes headline a 15-man Australian men's basketball squad named ahead of this month's Oceania championship series against New Zealand. The San Antonio Spurs pair will join six other London Olympians in Canberra next Wednesday for a final training camp before the two-game series tips off on August 14 in Auckland. 3News.co.nz

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