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Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
Position: G
Born: 08/11/88
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:185 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
Salary: $12,678,571
At the 2012 Olympics in London, on a much lower floor, Mills repeated his ritual with the two flags representing Australia’s Indigenous populations, only to be ordered by a few Australian Olympic Committee officials to take the flags down. An argument ensued, Mills said, before he turned to Brown, who doubles as Australia’s head coach. Mills was distraught after the federation officials ignored pleas from Matt Nielsen, Mills’ teammate and Australia’s white captain, to let him keep the flags displayed. “Brownie absolutely squashed the whole thing in 10 minutes,” Mills said. “Before Brownie and Pop, I never really had support like that from someone of authority to help me educate people on my environment on who I am.”
Mills also arrived for the restart of the N.B.A. season with what he referred to as “my shield” — his internal defense mechanism to ward off hurtful words and actions. The shield, he said, is a byproduct of a lifetime of racial abuse that began on his first day of kindergarten, soon after Mills’s parents had moved to the Australian capital of Canberra to take jobs with the federal government. “I’m the only Black kid in the room,” Mills said of that first day. “It didn’t take long before the biggest kid in the room walked up to me and threw a straight uppercut to the guts, completely knocking the wind out of me and leaving me in all sorts of tears.” “I saw this boy coming from the left, and he came from a fair distance,” said his mother, Yvonne Mills, who was against a wall nearby, observing alongside other parents. “I can still feel the punch in my stomach, too.”
This moment is one of those times. Mills, 31, has joined the global push to focus on social matters as much as his basketball job in Florida will allow — even if that means revealing painful tales from the past. He has been finding his voice as an activist in recent years and pledged to join the many N.B.A. players who are determined to use the platform of the league’s rebooted season to fight against racism and police brutality. “It’s the same battle on two continents,” Mills said, referring to his home nation several time zones away.
In a one-hour conversation after a recent practice, Mills shared some of the names he was called during his childhood, including “darkie,” “blackie,” “petrol sniffer,” “monkey,” “chimp,” “abo” (a derogatory term short for Aboriginal) and other disparaging terms that he was called “regularly at school or on the sporting fields.” “The better I got in sports,” Mills said, “the worse the racism got.”
Patty Mills said he can still picture the car ride during which this was first discussed. Patty was sitting behind his mother in the left-side passenger seat of his parents’ white Toyota Corolla and got out of the car when they arrived at their home, before Yvonne could even open the door. “I remember looking down at my arms and the back of my calves as she’s getting out of the car,” Mills said. “I look up to her and I say, ‘So does this mean they will come and take me away, too?’ “I remember her answer very vividly,” he said, recalling his mother’s words: “ ‘Your dad is going to stand on that big rock in the driveway with a big stick. And no one is going to come anywhere near you.’
Hammon, one of Popovich’s assistant coaches, also stood. She draped one arm over the shoulders of Spurs assistant Will Hardy, kneeling to her right, and the other over veteran San Antonio guard Patty Mills, kneeling to her left. Popovich and Hammon both wore ”Black Lives Matter” T-shirts, as almost all players and coaches have for warm-ups and the anthem. ”I’d prefer to keep that to myself,” said Popovich, when asked what went into his decision. ”Everybody has to make a personal decision. The league’s been great about that; everybody has the freedom to react any way they want. For whatever reasons I have, I reacted the way I wanted to.”

Patrick Mills: Leaders of Australia – We can do better. We can learn from what’s happening in the United States and apply to the actions taken regarding ‘black deaths in custody’ in Australia. Any Australian leader who thinks that the issue of ‘black deaths in custody’ is a foreign matter…


Mills, who is approaching his fourth Olympics, is using the lure of gold in Tokyo to drive his motivation to keep fit while in isolation in San Antonio as he awaits news on whether the NBA season can resume and whether his San Antonio Spurs, ranked 12th in the western conference, will have the chance to try and snatch a playoff-spot. “Everything gets pushed back but the mindset stays the same,” Mills told The Age.
Storyline: Olympics
Patty Mills: “We are coming like a bat out of hell for this gold medal in Tokyo and that will still be our mindset. We have to adjust our approach a little bit. On one hand it gives some guys the ability to rehab certain niggling injuries they might be going through, on the other hand in a Bogut situation you understand and acknowledge [that he might retire] but knowing him, knowing the opportunity that is out there to create history. It’s something he’s fully aware of.”
RJ Marquez: #Spurs guard Patty Mills announces his #GiveMamaCoffee Mother’s Day Drive raised $103,965.76. Money was donated to FVPS, The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter @FamilyViolence7. Amazing stuff from @Patrick Mills and those who took part in campaign. #KSATnews #KSATsports #NBA pic.twitter.com/SlC9WdHc6T

One of the contenders to carry the flag at Tokyo’s opening ceremony, Mills did his best to rally his fellow Olympians as they came to grips with the situation. “Just like every Olympic athlete around the world I’m absolutely gutted this crisis has affected the largest international sporting event in the world,” he said in a video he posted on Twitter. “Do not be discouraged by this adversity; as an Olympic athlete your goal remains the same; to represent our country the best way possible and strive to be your very best.”
‘Today was heavy,’ the 31-year-old wrote on Saturday as he documented his experience on Twitter. ‘We visited three country towns in New South Wales, massively affected by the wildfires. In Mogo, a small heritage town on the South Coast of NSW, we gave back to locals who have lost their homes, businesses and schools. Generators, torches, portable stoves, batteries, water, non-perishables: In addition to funds, these are some of the items that the impacted communities need. Now, more than ever, these people need our business. Support local.’
Mills picked No. 8 after Portland drafted him in 2009 as a way to pay tribute to his uncle, Sammy, who also wore that number. “I think it’s great,” Mills said of players changing their numbers to honor Bryant, who wore No. 8 for the first 10 years of his 20-year career before switching to No. 24. “Any way that you honor him is fine. Any individual that feels and wants to honor a person in any way they feel is great.”
Storyline: Kobe Bryant Death
Patrick Mills: The situation for wildlife is devasting and it will be months after the fires before the full implications on wild populations can be understood. There have been estimates by ecologists at the University of Sydney that over 480million animals have already been affected since Sept

A proud indigenous Australian, the 31-year-old Mills helped institute the Community Water Project, which aims to bring sustainable water to far-flung regions of Australia without access to it. Mills teamed with Zero Mass, a company based in Phoenix, which manufactures hydropanels used to produce water out of sunlight and air. He helped bring the panels to six communities in the Australian wilderness.
Mills credits his new wife for helping to make the journey possible so soon after they were married. “There wasn’t even a thought from here otherwise,” Mills said. “It was, ‘We’ve got to do this, because it means a lot to those people.’ She was like, ‘Yep, let’s do it.’ ” He vows to pay Alyssa back some day. “I do owe her a honeymoon,” Mills said.