Patty Mills did not play in the three scrimmage games. He did not play in the Spurs first official game in Orlando. But in yesterday’s division match-up against the Memphis Grizzlies, Patty took another step in his basketball legacy.
This was Patty’s 1054th 3-point shot, tying him for 100th with Terrence Ross. Not to be bumped by Ross in the near future, Mills hit this buzzer beater.
The Tasmanian devil had already donated all of his Orlando pay to Black Lives Matter Australia, Black Deaths in Custody and We Got You, a new campaign Mills helped launch to fight racism in Australian sport.
In addition to knocking down threes, Mills recently spoke to the New York Times in this article about how racism has impacted him personally.
Mills story is quite heart-wrenching, which makes his transformation all the more impressive. Not one to shy away from a humanitarian cause, Mills — along with Coach Pop — are a match made in heaven regarding social justice and positive world view.
“It’s been very satisfying to watch Patty grow into someone who is much more interested in our world than basketball. He has grown into a great citizen of the world. And Patty’s story is pretty important and very timely, because normally all we think about is the race problem here. It’s in many places.”- San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich
Good on ya, Patty. Looking forward to more clutch play in the bubble. Allan Iverson is 98th all time from beyond the arc and ready to be bumped down a notch.
Can’t wait to hear about your next cause and how you will invite Pounders to stand up and support.
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