The past week has been a roller coaster for the Brooklyn Nets, but Patty Mills is continuing to focus on the team’s end goal. The Nets were chosen as the league’s preseason title favorites, and are in a good spot with a 21-9 record, good for first in the Eastern Conference.
Brooklyn signed Mills to a two-year, $12 million contract during the offseason, and he’s stepped into a bigger role than what was expected of him. He’s played in 30 games this year and has started 16 of them.
Mills is averaging a career-high 13.6 points per game and is shooting 44.2% from the floor and 43% from the 3-point line. Last week, he hit a 3-point shot at the end of regulation to force overtime in a 131-129 win over Toronto and finished with a season-high 30 points.
To say that the Nets were smart to sign Mills during the offseason would be an understatement. He knows what it takes to win a championship, which is something that he’s been visualizing doing with Brooklyn.
Patty Mills fantasizes about winning an NBA title with the Brooklyn Nets.
Mills had a Q&A session with Steve Serby of the New York Post. The two covered topics ranging from winning a championship to what Mills thinks of James Harden’s beard.
The 33-year-old won a title with San Antonio in 2014, so he knows a thing or two about hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy up into the air. Serby asked Mills if it’s something that he thinks about regularly, to which Mills replied:
"“Oh mate, on a regular basis. That’s how I operate, being able to visualize these things and open my mind to it, it helps me get up every day and go about my craft how I do because it really gets me going.”"
For a regular season that consists of 82 games, then the playoffs, it can be difficult to stay motivated, especially when your roster is decimated due to COVID concerns. Winning a championship is what motivates Mills.
Nets fans should be ready to run through a wall for Mills, given the fact that he also told Serby that he’s taken the time to connect with and understand fans in Brooklyn.
"“After being here for only a few months now and talking to people from here, that have grown up here, it would mean the world to them, and that’s what I’m starting to really uncover in myself is what it means to represent these people.”"
Mills is the perfect example of a veteran leader. Fans have witnessed what he’s capable of on the court, but what makes him so special is how he operates off of it.
For his sake (and ours), we hope that his dreams come true. The Nets snagged a true winner.