Professional athletes like to spend their off season in various kinds of ways. For some it is vacationing in a tropical, while others go back to the home country to unwind.
For Patty Mills, this off season getaway took him back home to his native country of Australia to play with Team Australia at the Oceania Tournament.
During his trip back home, Mills was featured on an Australian TV segment where he spoke about going to the NBA Finals with the San Antonio Spurs, not being at his basketball peak yet, being a role model and much more.
Unfortunately, "Pat Stacks" and his Art of the Towel Wave, was not available for this interview which was a true shame.
Nevertheless, Mills will be fighting for minutes in a crowded roster of guards for San Antonio. He knows he will be showing he has what it takes to play more minutes next season but made it clear he has no issues walking away from the Spurs if it doesn't work out.
So Spurs’ fans, how do you feel about having Mills back on the bench for your San Antonio Spurs?
Love PM. And I really think he has much, much better upside than Joseph. I still think Spurs make some moves and the logjam at pg will be alleviated and they'll pick up another big to throw into the mix. It's all about keeping TD and Manu and TP healthy and rested for the playoffs and having guys Pop can trust to use in the playoffs so he doesn't run those 3 into the ground. At the 4/5 Pop has TD and Diaw as guys he obviously trusts in pressure situations. The rest? Tiago to a point. He needs a 4th option. Hoping Pendergraph and or Baynes develops to be that, but Pop would, I'm sure, like a more proven vet to throw into the mix and hope one emerges as someone he can trust in the playoffs. At the pg position-Joseph underwhelmed against Miami. I think his ceiling is low. PM could develop but I think with the TD window closing, Pop wants some reliable short-term help (vet) behind Parker, so TP isn't run into the ground in the playoffs. That's where I could see something like a De Colo and 2nd round pick being sent to some team for a reliable but not spectacular pg. Spurs stockpiled pg's for this reason I believe-to make some deals. Bonner and Joseph could get Pop a reliable but not spectacular big who could be helpful and thrown into that mix. Honestly, is anyone expecting Bonner to suddenly become a playoff contributor? I think a couple of moves will be made. If so, and involves either PM or Joseph, hoping Joseph is the one sent packing and not PM. Then again I could be 100% wrong and Spurs roll with everyone they have on roster now and some obscure guy from the Ukraine to be the last roster spot.
@gymbear I agree with most of it, but CJ was exposed as are most guards under Heat traps. They are tall and quick and TP had trouble, as did Manu and CJ. If you liked him before the finals, he will only get better. Did you watch the Heat/Pacers finals ? Neither Hill nor Augustine could handle the trapping and looked far worse than CJ. DeColo is the guy with the low ceiling and might DP to open a roster spot.
I hope Baynes develops as the 4th big, as he is the only one beside TD that has offensive potential on the block. Tiago is what he is, Pendy will shoot 15 ftrs, Matt hangs out at the 3 line and Boris hates to shoot. A weird collection of lovable guys, but no one who can provide offense in place of TD.
@jojo707 @gymbear You're right on that jojo. I watched the Heat/Pacers series. They pose problems with their length. I didn't like CJ before the playoffs. To me he's a poster boy for 'needed to stay in college another year or two.' He could have benefited from that before making the leap. I agree with you on Baynes. Personally I think as TD gets older and with Tiago's finesse game (same really with Boris) we need an enforcer. I like you're take-yes, a weird collection of lovable guys. Ha! There is something about De Colo's game I like. He's kind of a poor man's Ginobili when it comes to passing and his herky, jerky way of getting in the lane. He's just not a consistent shooter. The guy has length and can handle the rock and has some street ball in him. He's kind of a mystery to me though. I look at this roster and all I can think is: Some guys are gonna be moved. Might be wrong of course.
I am just wondering why the Spurs have 4 PGs .They should be maintaining at least 2 SFs or add more PF or C. There is practically no substitute for TD. Talking of reaching his peak, Mills could qualify as member of the cheering squad.
@rtesoro440 4 pgs and you're right, no solid backup for Leonard. Also only one really reliable big who is well rounded in every way: TD, but he's winding down. Many teams have been successful without a dominant big and do the big man by committee thing. It can work. For me, personally, I think Bonner needs to go. You know he won't be in the equation in the playoffs. Tiago may or may not be reliable deep in the playoffs. Boris is but he isn't a rebounder (kind of important for a big), so that leaves Pendergraph and Baynes, two unproven guys to do the dirty work. I dunno. Would rather see an older vet replace MB, a guy who may only be a solid defender and rebounder. Doesn't have to score. Still think all these pgs and 2 guards mean a move or two