Patty Mills Rumors
That is what the Spurs are and have been for some time. The culture Popovich has established is why veterans like David West in 2015 and now Gay left significant money on the table to join the fold, why Duncan held on until he was 40, Ginobili has done the same and Parker is begging to follow. Players and coaches speak of “The System” when it’s actually a long-preached philosophy that involves sacrificing for the good of the team, trust and instilling confidence. Believing in what you have allows role players to take the occasional star turns and the really talented players like Leonard to ascend to unexpected heights among the league’s best. “First of all, guys understand the system of what we’re trying to do here, and executing their role. Guys are not trying to do too much, or too little,” Patty Mills told Yahoo Sports. “We’re getting good wins, and even when we do lose, they tend to be mistakes that we can fix. When [Leonard] comes back, we’re obviously going to have to adjust, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. But so far this season, it’s been a team effort. Obviously, [Aldridge] has been carrying a huge part of the weight, but everybody else complements and understands what they need to do, so it’s a good way to feel for sure.”
The Spurs are no strangers this season to integrating injured players back into the mix. Point guard Tony Parker missed the first 19 games after tearing his left quadriceps tendon in the playoffs last May. “I think being just through it with Tony guys will be somewhat prepared,” point guard Patty Mills said. “But (Kawhi Leonard) is one of those guys with big shoes to fill. It will be an adjustment.”
“I’m lucky. I had been in Europe for four years, and the first team I went to was San Antonio, so it was a better European team in many ways,” Baynes said. “We had guys from all over the world. I actually had a comfort factor there, because I had played for Brett Brown for a few years when he was an assistant there, and Patty Mills I had played with since I was 15 (in Australia). So I had a good teammate there. “Just the leadership from the top down, being around the way those guys consistently did it night in and night out, I realized why they’re such a good team and why they’ve been who they are for the last two decades. Their work routine, and everyone is so coachable. From the top down there weren’t any barriers. Everyone bought into the system. It was good to be in there.”
Australian NBA star Patty Mills could barely walk when he returned after midnight to his spartan lodging on the remote South Pacific island of Mer, his ancestral home in the middle of the Coral Sea. The village Elders gave him as thorough a workout as anything meted out by his trainers at the San Antonio Spurs, who re-signed him as their point guard in August for a reported $50 million ($65 million Australian). Mills is second only to Joe Ingles as the highest paid Australian in the NBA, ending last season shooting 41% from 3-point range, 11th in the entire league.
Looking out from the plane window on the approach toward Mer, Mills points out the ridge line of the island and how it ties into the tale. “See, that is the body of the dugong, facing back towards the Torres Strait from where he came,” he said over the wail of the small plane’s engines.
After dance training, Mills rested his aching legs in a deckchair in the common room of the Island Council lodge as he listened to his father, Benny, explain the importance of Meriam Mir culture. “When you see Islander dancing it’s important to understand it’s cultural significance, not only to Meriam Mir people but all people of Australia.” “This is not like doing the ‘bus stop’, it’s about a deeper level of understanding. It’s not just part of Meriam culture but part of Australian culture and something all Australians should have an understanding about — its part of all of us, it’s part of not just being an Islander, but being an Australian.”