Spurs Mailbag: Patty Mills - Part 2
Location: New York
Question: Hey Patty! I am New York resident and definitely the biggest Spurs fan outside the state of Texas. I am also 6 feet like you! Do you have any suggestions for a short player like me when playing against bigger players?
PM: For me, being short, you’ve gotta combat that with something that tall guys necessarily don’t have and that’s speed and quickness. That’s something that I worked very hard at, some of it’s hard work, some of it you already have; ladder work, quick feet work, stuff in the gym. That’s why I guess I’m still in the league. The quickness factor and how to use your speed is also the next level of that.
Question: Among your teammates, who do you consider your best buddy?
PM: I had this question asked to me the other day and my response was usually on a team you would have a best buddy because there’s some guys on the team that you may not necessarily get along with very well. In this case I can’t pick out one particular guy. The guys on this team I definitely get along with very well and it’s great to have and I definitely think it makes a team. But when you ask a question, there’s definitely some jokes that we have with particular people and probably everyone. That makes it cool. But everyone on the team, I enjoy there company.
Location: Sacramento, CA
Question: What's it like having a team full of international players?
PM: It’s really good. It’s definitely, I think underrated in most team sports anyway because it gives you a different vibe in the locker room and at dinner when you start to learn about different countries and other peoples cultures and backgrounds that you would never really learn being on another team. Given that we have so many different people from so many different countries we get to know them deeper because of their backgrounds and I think it’s pretty cool. It creates a lot of trust.
Question: What NBA Player do you look up to the most?
PM: I’m gonna say all three, Tim (Duncan), Tony (Parker) and Manu (Ginobili) because they’re guys that I watched closely when I was younger and now getting the chance to be on the same team with them is pretty cool. The learning experience that I’ve been able to get the opportunity to have is second to none and to see the way they carry themselves as a professional athlete is great. But on the flip side, knowing them personally, away from basketball, they’re such great guys. They’re down to earth and very passionate about a lot of things and I think that just makes all three of them such great guys.
Location: San Antonio, TX
Question: What's your favorite place to eat here in San Antonio?
PM: The Roo Pub.
Location: Manila, Philippinese
Question: If ever you and the Red Rocket (Matt Bonner) go for a three point contest, who do you think will win?
PM: We’ve tried actually many times and I want to say it’s even.
Question: Hey Patty, been a big follower since Blazers. I just wanted to know who you hang out with the most on Spurs team. And why don't you do any Pat Stacks videos? I miss em!
PM: I hang out with everyone. I need to do more Pat Stacks videos, I’m letting the people down out there. They love them, everyone wants to see Pat Stacks and I haven’t delivered. Pat Stacks has been busy, that’s why. I’ll need to go track him down, I think he’s overseas somewhere.
Question: Who is your favorite NFL team?
PM: The Philadelphia Eagles.
Location: Atlanta, GA
Question: Patty, You have only played for two NBA teams. What is the big difference in playing for the Spurs and playing for the Blazers?
PM: I think now playing for the Spurs I’ve come to understand and realize what type of player I need to be to play in this league and what my strengths are and how to grab that with both hands and make it my staple. I think the answer is that I’ve learned my staple of how to be a point guard in this league. My first two years in Portland were my first two years in the NBA and I was injured the first one and the second one was my first year of playing. Over time and learning from other people and the coaches I’ve got a firm grasp on what my staple should be to be a point guard in the NBA.
Question: What artists do you enjoy listening to?
PM: I like all music, every type of music, I listen to. Ever since I’ve been in Texas I have gotten the liking of a lot of country music. I play the guitar so I like to play all types of songs.
Question: Pat Stacks! What is the number one non-basketball skill you worked on this offseason? You are already the master of towel waving, so it cannot be that.
PM: If it wasn’t the guitar I’d say fishing.