Me: Have you gotten past Rio yet, or does it still bug the hell out of you? Patty Mills: To be honest, I haven’t. And although I’m teammates with one of the guys (Gasol, as ever, starred for the Spain team that beat Australia in the bronze medal game), it hasn’t come up. That’s going to sting for a little bit more. Me: So, you’re definitely playing in ’20? Patty Mills: Yeah, for sure. There’s no doubt about it. To know that we were that close, we’re not satisfied one bit at all. So we’ll have another shot at it.
Mills hopes he can be the same role model for others that Freeman was for him. For kids cheering in living rooms all over the world, technology has changed since 2000. Mills has created a personal website, PattyMills.com.au, to share his story and connect with fans. The website traces his career from the beginning, and Mills said he hopes to use the site to give fans everywhere a glimpse of his life in San Antonio. “I wanted to use this site as a platform to connect Australia and anyone around the world to San Antonio,” Mills said. “I wanted to be able to share what makes this organization and this community in San Antonio so special.”
Eleven National Federations are participating in a workshop on the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 and its bidding process. The national basketball governing bodies of Argentina, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Turkey are attending an informative workshop at the House of Basketball. Over the course of two days (Tuesday-Wednesday 1-2 November), FIBA is presenting the rights and requirements tied into bidding – and eventually hosting – the competition.
You’re a long way from the end of your career, but would you have interest in playing in the Australian NBL (National Basketball League) when you’re done competing in the NBA? Patrick Mills: It’s definitely a consideration — especially how well the NBL is doing now. They have my full backing and support, because the league has definitely risen to a whole other level in the last couple years, which is pleasing to see. I definitely would consider playing back in Australia at the end of my career. Not a lot of my family have been able to come over [to the U.S.] and watch me play. To be able to play in front of family and friends is very important to me, [so they could] be able to see me play live and not just on TV.
The Sydney Kings have moved quickly to replace import Michael Bryson, signing NBA journeyman Steve Blake as their third import. The NBL ladder leaders released the young guard on Friday, announcing Blake as his replacement on Saturday afternoon.