Patty Mills Rumors


Calling the devastating brush fires raging across Australia, “a national crisis that is hard to comprehend,” Spurs guard Patty Mills said Monday he is teaming with other Aussies in the NBA to raise awareness of the staggering toll the disaster has had on their homeland. “Us Australian boys have come together and are working on something to make the right impact and will make the right sense, something that can be long lasting,” Mills said.
Patty Mills, DeMar DeRozan and Dejounte Murray journeyed to Austin on Friday for the season opener of the Spurs’ G League team, which includes 2019 draft picks Luka Samanic, Keldon Johnson and Quinndary Weatherspoon. “I think it was important for us to go up there and show our support because we do have a core group of young guys now who are all going through that process together,” Mills said Saturday after the Spurs 135-115 loss to Boston. “The more they can see us supporting them, the more they can settle into that process and environment to get the most out of it. “And we had fun, us three hanging out there and supporting them.”
NBA players Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, Matthew Dellavedova and Joe Ingles have been included in Australia’s 12-man squad for the FIBA World Cup next month in China. Three players were picked in the squad announced Wednesday to make their international debuts, including Jonah Bolden of the Philadelphia 76ers and Xavier Cooks, who played in Germany for Oliver Wurzburg before playing in the NBA Summer League with the Phoenix Suns. Jock Landale, who plays for Lithuanian club Zalgiris Kaunas and the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Summer League, also will make his debut for the Boomers.
Ben Simmons, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and Aron Baynes are among the NBA players picked in an extended Australia squad to prepare for the FIBA World Cup. Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis announced a 17-man squad on Thursday for warmup games the U.S. team and Canada in August. Simmons, who missed Australia’s run to the semifinals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, confirmed his availability for the World Cup after his Philadelphia 76ers were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinals last week on Kawhi Leonard’s Game 7-ending buzzer-beater for Toronto.
Spurs guard Patty Mills, who has been a mentor to Forbes, said the love that flows from Sue to her son and grandsons is evident. “You see her every now and then, and she has the biggest smile on her face,” Mills said. “Not a problem in the world is what it seems to say to me when I say hello. She is a very kind-hearted woman. We’ve had her over for barbecues and whatever with the kids. It’s a very unique, special situation I am glad to witness.” On the road, Forbes checks in on his mother and his sons in the locker room before games. After saying goodbye, he returns to his job unworried about what is going on back home. “When I am on the road, I know everything is good,” he said.
Eleven days after fans booed former Spur Kawhi Leonard mercilessly in his first game in San Antonio as a member of the Toronto Raptors, Parker is set to return to a lovefest deserving of a franchise icon. “He is going to get a very, very warm welcome,” Spurs guard Patty Mills said. “The city loves him. They always have, and vice versa…He’s excited about returning.”
H-E-B, in partnership with Spurs Sports & Entertainment, will launch the H-E-B 12 Days of Christmas Spurs Auction on Dec. 10. It is an online auction that will feature more than a dozen collectibles from the commercials. Items up for grabs include signed robes worn by Tim Duncan, Sean Elliott, George Gervin, Bruce Bowen and David Robinson; Manu Ginobili’s apron from the Taqueria Manu spot; Rudy Gay’s mediation outfit; the magician coat and hat worn by Patty Mills; and several other props.

Popovich let loose with more pointed criticism while the team watched video of the game Thursday during a rare practice the day after a road game. How angry was Popovich? “I’ve seen my fair share of moments, so this one is kind of up there in the mix just because the stuff we were getting beat at is stuff that we control, not Xs and Os, not necessarily game-skill stuff,” said Patty Mills, the longest-tenured active Spur. “It’s all desire to want to win and hustle plays and discipline stuff – the stuff you talk about even before you talk about basketball.”
Since Tim Duncan’s retirement in 2016, Parker and Ginobili often served as the comedic glue holding the spots together. Gone also are Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, who also had roles in previous incarnations of the popular spots. This year’s cast is set to welcome newcomer DeMar DeRozan, who will join holdovers Aldridge, Patty Mills, Rudy Gay and Pau Gasol.
Popovich also singled out an-other veteran for his leadership skills. “Patty Mills has been part of our spirit for a while now,” Popovich said. “He doesn’t just en-ergize the team. He really gives them a direction and a standard the way he plays every day. He and L.A. were doing a great job last year. I think that will continue, but I think it will be interesting to see who else steps up.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers are investigating whether they can identify the fan who racially taunted San Antonio guard Patty Mills. Mills is black and from Australia with an Aboriginal heritage. He was at the foul line in the fourth quarter Sunday when a male spectator can be heard on the ABC broadcast yelling, “Hey, Jamaican dog, they want their bobsledder back. Hey, Mills, Jamaica just called, they want their bobsledder back!”
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.
3 years ago via CNN
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.”
3 years ago via CNN
Fresh off an offseason tour in his native Australia to promote the series of children’s books he’s authored, Spurs guard Patty Mills is eager now to spread the word about his inspirational tales in the U.S. “Game Day!” is a three-part series of books Mills wrote about his upbringing, his values and the different obstacles he faced and overcame during childhood. Mills launched the first two books this summer. The third is scheduled to come out later this year. “It’s a nice read, an easy 110-page read, with some illustrations,” he said. “The importance of it was to teach lessons and values about growing up and respect and discipline and all of those types of things through my upbringing.