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Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
Position: G
Born: 08/11/88
Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:185 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
Salary: $12,428,571
Australia defeated the Dominican Republic, 82-76, in 2019 FIBA World Cup Group L action at Nanjing on Saturday. Patty Mills commanded the charge once again putting up a game-high 19 points, also dished 9 assists. Chris Goulding followed with 15 points. Eloy Vargas went for 16 points, Victor Liz scored 14 and Rigoberto Mendoza had 12 for the losing side. “We were not mentally there in the first half” admitted Landale after contributing to the win with 13 points. “The boys really rallied together. Everybody knows it was just an OK performance. I think we will be ready when the time comes.”
Storyline: World Cup

Patrick Mills downs Team USA

For the first time in nearly 13 years, a U.S. roster of NBA players played an international game — and lost. Patty Mills scored 30 points, and Australia rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to stun the Americans 98-94 and snap a 78-game U.S. winning streak that started with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships.
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It was the first loss for the U.S. in a major international tournament or exhibition since the 2006 world championship semifinals against Greece. The Americans won the bronze there, then were unbeaten through the cycles for the 2007 FIBA Americas, 2008 Olympics, 2010 World Cup, 2012 Olympics, 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Add all that up, along with wins over Spain and Australia with this team, and it was a 78-game winning streak for the U.S. — the longest in program history. And it’s now over. “It was awesome,” Mills said.
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“It feels awesome. … I hope we can all build on this.” @Patty_Mills describes his emotions after leading @BasketballAus to its first ever win over the U.S.

Gregg Popovich has a devious plan to slow down Patty Mills when Team USA takes on the Boomers in next week’s pre-World Cup exhibition games in Melbourne. The master NBA coach is going to fatten the Australian point guard up. “I’m going to take him out to eat,” Popovich, jokingly told reporters on Los Angeles on Tuesday. “I’m going to fill him up and try to make him fat so he can’t move around so quickly.”
Joining Bolden and Cooks as fresh faces in the team is Jock Landale, who made his Boomers debut in February during the final FIBA World Cup qualifying window. Landale is currently signed to Lithuanian club Žalgiris Kaunas, while he also starred for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Summer League. Six members of the 2016 Olympic team will return, with Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Chris Goulding, Joe Ingles and Patrick Mills taking their places in the Boomers team. With five NBL players in the team, Rio Olympians Bogut and Goulding will suit up alongside Cameron Gliddon, Nicholas Kay and Nathan Sobey. The latter three will all play in their first major international tournament after playing key roles in helping the Boomers qualify for the World Cup.
Storyline: World Cup
“It comes from history and understanding we have never won a medal, the belief in one another and the talent we have in this gym right now and the potential for what we can do,” Mills said. “Now it is all about putting it together, having fun and having a good hard crack at it. We have some unfinished business from the Rio Olympics, two years coming up right now is the big picture and we have some time to get on the same page.”
Storyline: World Cup
But even though the bread-and-butter facet of his game has been neutralized, Mills is still finding ways to contribute. In 25 minutes in Game 6, he dished out six assists and recorded three steals to go along with six points on three drives, including muscling his way past Jamal Murray for a reverse layup off the backboard to give the Spurs a 61-58 lead with 34.9 seconds left in the first half. In Spurs’ parlance, it was a “big boy finish.” “In the playoffs, you’ve got to find a way to make an impact for your team,” Mills said. “I’ve been focusing on certain little things throughout this series, especially production out of the pick and rolls.”
But the San Antonio Spurs star said for the Boomers to be at full strength Basketball Australia would need to come to the party, revealing Simmons had “legitimate concerns” that needed to be addressed. “There’s quite a significant gap between the NBA and Basketball Australia in terms of catering to players’ needs so we can perform at a high level night in, night out,” he said. “There are some concerns that Basketball Australia either don’t want to or can’t cater to these basic needs.
Mills would not say what those needs were, but it is believed extra recovery and performance staff, as well as more investment in nutrition, accommodation and transport logistics are all requests of the players who have become entrenched in the NBA and compared notes with the world’s best. Paul Maley, the BA acting chief executive, insisted the organisation was doing what they can to meet those standards.
The Canberra star has opted to stay out of the “change the date” debate, taking a different approach in the hope of educating others about an important issue. Mills’ left shoe had “invasion” on the outer, his right had “survival” and the inner sides had the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait flags. “These shoes have been designed to educate people on Australia’s history and its current status,” Mills said.
“…There’s a time in Australia right now, which is embarrassing for me being here in America, pursing my dreams. It is a time of growing division because of January 26, 1788 which is known as the European settlement in Australia. “And it’s a debate that comes up every time. For me to be in America and not feel helpless, but feel like I’m so far away from really being able to make an impact … it doesn’t mean I’m not going to try. “I’ll be my best to make sure that all Australians can come together as one to be able to celebrate our country in some sort of manner.
Patty Mills has walked the road less travelled to the NBA and he hopes the shoes he was wearing on Thursday help educate the world about his journey. Mills scored 17 points as the San Antonio Spurs fell short in a cliffhanger against the Philadelphia 76ers, losing 122-120 on the road. But his shoes were more important than the result just days after he gave a Martin Luther King day address before a Spurs home game.
Mills’ left shoe had “invasion” on the outer, his right had “survival” and the inner sides had the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait flags. “These shoes have been designed to educate people on Australia’s history and its current status,” Mills said. The base colour of the shoes represent the dusty red-soil plains of the land. “The left shoe displays the word ‘INVASION’ to describe the European Settlement and the genocide of Indigenous people that occurred on January 26, 1788. This was the year the British began to colonise the continent.
From head coach Gregg Popovich to the remaining long-time members of the Spur and to DeMar DeRozan himself, the hope from within the locker-room is that Leonard gets a respectful response from the Spurs faithful Thursday night. “I hope they react just as well and the same as with any other ex-teammate that comes back,” Mills said of his expected reaction. “He’s been a great teammate and a great friend to me and he deserves that, so hoping it will be a warm welcome back to San Antonio where he’s won a championship and grew up here.”
Mills may start on the bench, waving a towel to celebrate a big play and motivate teammates, but once he enters the game, opponents feel his presence immediately. If it’s not via 3-pointer, it’s some cutting or backdoor action that results in a layup. “Any given night he can give you 30,” said Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose. “That’s what I respect about him. You always have to give him respect. You always got to come out and play hard because you never know with him. He’s one of those sparky guards. You never know. He can change the game.”
Every season, Popovich will move some players around for reasons unknown even by his players. “There is definitely a method to it,” said Mills. “I think it’s all about comfortability and being in a comfortable setting with familiar guys around.” Asked why he believes Popovich made the change, Mills had no answers. “It’s different,” he said, “but in a good way.”
All signs are pointing to Mills returning to his sixth man role, as the Spurs’ first point guard off the bench, and, in all likelihood, another season bound for volatility. Still, the native of Canberra isn’t letting the potential for more unrest affect the way he prepares for his 10th season in the NBA. “The stuff I’ve really focused on working on doesn’t have anything to do with that because, again, we don’t know what’s gonna happen next year,” Mills said. “You’d be foolish to work on something, then something changes, and whatever happens, happens. For me, I’ve got my own personal things I work on in the off-season.”
That, naturally, led to Mills playing off the ball more than he’s accustomed to. It was an adjustment for Mills, and his numbers were affected when the change was first implemented, but he was proud of his ability to eventually adapt to playing primarily at the two-spot. “The positive factor, for me, was seeing it as a way of being agile, or being that person that can adapt on the fly,” Mills said. “It’s not easy at all. You make do with that, and really do what’s best for the team. For me, I’m a point guard, and love being a general on the floor, and run the team, but the team was better if I moved. I understood that, I accepted it, and I just tried to be as effective on both ends of the floor as I could. The thing that doesn’t change, throughout all those adjustments, was my leadership; what I’m able to bring to the San Antonio Spurs from a leadership point of view, and understanding who was there before me, and who’s beside me in Manu.”
For Patty Mills, Leonard’s low-key yet extremely productive Australian teammate, there are still a lot of questions surrounding the superstar wing’s sudden rift with the franchise, and the reminder of how quickly things can shift in the volatile NBA. “Getting to this point now, you look back; I don’t know what we could’ve done better,” Mills told foxsports.com.au, of Leonard’s situation. “Don’t know what we could’ve done to help the situation, if it would’ve helped at all. This is basketball and, at the end of the day, it’s a reminder that it is a business, and a lot of money is involved with it.”
Storyline: Kawhi Leonard Trade

He hasn’t missed a game this season, while playing a career-high 24.5 minutes per game. His on-court numbers have dipped marginally this season from last, but head coach Gregg Popovich says that’s more to do with the manner in which he’s had to use Mills this season due to injuries. “It’s been tough for him because I’ve been playing him at the point guard position, at the wing, at the two-guard … he’s been all over the place trying to help us any way he could, so it’s hurt his numbers a little bit,” Popovich has said. “His leadership [though] is better than ever. His ability to see what’s going on on the floor, to understand time and score in a game, is better than it’s ever been.”
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He credits his ancestral ties with giving him the grounding to push for the top in the NBA, and for whatever comes next, off the court. “I have been instilled with culture from such a young age that I know who I am, and I know once sporting is out of the picture, I will have this to come back to and continue the customs and traditions that I’ve been taught,” Mills said. “That’s why it’s special to come back here and continue that. Now I’ve just refueled the culture tank for another year so I will be able to go and do what I do.”
The 28-year-old NBA star has re-signed with the Spurs for four years and $A65 million and this coming season the Spurs will be looking for an answer to the Warriors who won the NBA championship in convincing fashion led by superstars Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. “I don’t know mate – if I had the answer to them we probably would have beaten them this past season,” Mills said with a laugh. “They are an absolute powerhouse for the right reasons and they deserve the credit they have been getting so I will work on that answer and hopefully this time next year I will be able to tell you.”
Mills wanted to find a way to pass on the lessons of his upbringing and sporting career to younger readers so he has co-authored a series of children’s books with Jared Thomas called Game Day!, loosely based on his life story. The title comes from his famous twitter phrase “Game Day Bala”, which he sends out before every game using the Indigenous word for “brother”. “It’s kind of hard to give advice to kids so getting this opportunity to write a kids book, to display some messages, lessons and teachings was a good way,” Mills said.
As of today, there hasn’t been any further reports on movement the team has at trying to trade for Irving but San Antonio’s guard Patty Mills did weigh in on the rumors of Kyrie to the Spurs. “You never know which ones are true and which ones aren’t.” He’s obviously an All-Star point guard and has been now for a number of years.” “So we just got to work out to see if that actually happens or not.”
“It’s funny how things work. For me, Cathy Freeman was definitely my idol and inspiration growing up,” Mills said. “Everyone saw what she achieved on the track … but for me it was how she carried herself as an indigenous woman. For me, that’s what caught my eye and why I wanted to be like her. “A very down-to-earth person who just went about her business the best way she could. I’ve always looked up to her, I know she gets embarrassed when I say that, but it’s true.
Ginobili got a standing ovation when he made his way to the bench late in the game against the Warriors, prompting his close mate Mills to ask “what are all these people standing up for?” “I don’t know why we do [have such a close relationship]. He’s so much older than me, it’s weird. It’s like grandpa and grandson but still very close,” Mills said. “We’ll see what he does but it’s been a great learning curve for me to grow under him. I’ve learnt so much from him on the court, and more importantly for me, off the court. “It’s one of those friendships that will go on for years beyond basketball. When it’s all said and done and when you hang the boots up that’s the thing you take away the most.
When Patty Mills saw Tony Parker at the Spurs’ practice facility on Thursday, Mills made sure to wish Parker a happy birthday and give him a little pep talk. Parker, who turned 35 on Wednesday, was hobbling around on crutches after sustaining a ruptured left quadriceps in Game 2 of the Spurs’ second-round series against Houston that required surgery. “I said happy birthday to him,” Mills said at Spurs’ practice Friday. “From what I was aware of, it was his first day of rehab yesterday. He would like to be better off, and out on the court, but I think he’s trying to take care of his knee at the moment and doing what’s best for him.”
Storyline: Tony Parker Injury
(His mother, Yvonne, is an Aboriginal Australian, and his father, Benny, is a Torres Strait Islander, the ethnicity of indigenous people from the northern Australian islands between the mainland and Papua New Guinea.) “He’s been doing it for some time,” Benny Mills said. “Even though he was young at primary school, he was doing it. Our job is promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and affairs, so that’s the environment he grew up in.”
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Patty Mills’ achievements have not gone unnoticed. Since 2006 — before he started college in the United States — he has received four awards from organizations recognizing accomplishments by Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders, including the NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee). “They [awards] are acknowledgement for what he’s done to promote Torres Strait Islander culture and Aboriginal affairs over the years,” said Benny Mills, who added that the indigenous community has been “overwhelmed by the support” his son has shown them.
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