Patty Mills

Patrick Sammy Mills (born 11 August 1988) is an Australian professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Mills was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 55th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft after playing two years of college basketball for Saint Mary's. Born and raised in Canberra, Mills is of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal Australian descent. In 2007, he became only the third indigenous basketball player to play for Australia behind Olympians Michael Ah Matt (1964) and Danny Morseu (1980–84).[1]

Mills began his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2010. In 2011, during the NBA lockout, Mills returned to Australia to play for the Melbourne Tigers of the National Basketball League (NBL). After playing in China with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, Mills returned to the United States in March 2012 and signed with the San Antonio Spurs, where he has remained ever since. Mills became a strong contributor off the bench and helped the Spurs win the 2014 NBA Championship against the Miami Heat.

Mills is a regular member of the Australian national team, the Boomers.

Patty Mills
Patty Mills Spurs
Mills with the Spurs in February 2014
No. 8 – San Antonio Spurs
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born11 August 1988 (age 30)
Canberra, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolMarist College
(Canberra, Australia)
Lake Ginninderra
(Canberra, Australia)
CollegeSaint Mary's (2007–2009)
NBA draft2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career2009–present
Career history
20092011Portland Trail Blazers
2009–2010Idaho Stampede
2011Melbourne Tigers
2011–2012Xinjiang Flying Tigers
2012–presentSan Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early life and career

Mills was born in the Australian capital city of Canberra.[1] Mills' father, Benny, is a Torres Strait Islander, and his mother, Yvonne, is an Aboriginal Australian. His mother was a victim of the Stolen Generations – one of the darkest chapters of Australian history, with the forced removal of many indigenous children from their families from the earliest days of European settlement until the 1960s.[2][3]

Mills first took up basketball as a four-year-old for a local indigenous club his parents established called "The Shadows".[4] Growing up, he was the ball boy for the Canberra Cannons of the National Basketball League (NBL). Mills' future coach at Saint Mary's, David Patrick, played for the Cannons during that time and developed a relationship with the Mills family.[5]

Mills attended Canberra's Marist College, but left at the end of 2004[6] to attend the Australian Institute of Sport and Lake Ginninderra College.[7]

As well as playing basketball, Mills also played underage Australian rules football at a high level.[8] In 2004, Mills was competing for the Australian Capital Territory in the national schoolboys Australian rules tournament in Perth when a recruiter for the Sydney Swans asked him if he'd like to come to Sydney and play in the Australian Football League (AFL).[9] Mills briefly thought about taking up the Swans scholarship before rejecting it to concentrate on basketball.[9] In 2005, he made a strong impression at the Australian Olympic Youth Festival, an event considered to be a showcase for future elite sporting talents.[4]

2006

In January 2006, Mills was awarded the prestigious RE Staunton Medal at the U20 Nationals in Perth and also attended the Australian Junior Camp in his home town of Canberra at the beginning of 2006.[10] As a member of the 2006 Junior National Men's Team, Mills helped Australia defeat New Zealand and qualify for the 2007 Junior Men's World Championships. In April, Mills was a member of the World Junior Select Team that competed against the United States in the Nike Hoop Summit.[11][12]

Mills was named the 2006 SEABL U/21 Australian Youth Player of the Year. Mills averaged 18.1 points and 3.9 rebounds and helped the AIS to a 16–10 regular season record. He finished the season third in assists in the SEABL, averaging 4.37 per game.[12]

Also in 2006, Mills was the youngest athlete selected in the 22-man extended Australian Boomers squad ahead of the 2006 FIBA World Championship. In July, he was named the 2006 Junior Male Player of the Year at Basketball Australia's annual Junior Basketball Awards.[10] Mills was named the "most promising new sports talent" at the 2006 Deadlys Awards. The Deadlys Awards honor Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders achievements in sports, music, entertainment and community. In addition to receiving the Deadlys Award, Mills was named the 2006 Australia Basketball Player of the Year and the National Sportsperson of the Year by the NAIDOC.[12]

College career

Patrick Mills vs San Diego State
Mills in December 2008, during his sophomore season

In November 2006, Mills signed to play college basketball for Saint Mary's College of California beginning in the 2007–08 season.[12] He joined fellow Australians Lucas Walker and Carlin Hughes on the Gaels for the 2007–08 season.[12]

Mills was named the WCC Newcomer of the Year and earned All-WCC First Team honours after helping the Gaels earn a top 25 ranking for the first time since the 1988–89 season.[13] He started all 32 games for the Gaels as a freshman, posting a team-high 14.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 32.1 minutes. He set a Saint Mary’s freshman record for points in a season with 472, and set the school freshman mark for points in a game with a 37-point performance against Oregon on 20 November 2007.[14] He was also a three-time WCC Player of the Week honouree (Nov. 16, Dec. 24 and Feb. 19).[15]

As a sophomore in 2008–09, Mills averaged 18.4 points, 3.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 32.1 minutes and was named WCC Player of the Week twice (Nov. 24 and Dec. 8). He was subsequently named All-WCC First Team for a second straight year.[15]

In April 2009, Mills declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility.[16]

Professional career

Portland Trail Blazers (2009–2011)

On 25 June 2009, Mills was selected with the 55th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers, becoming the first Saint Mary's player since 1983 to be drafted, and was the highest pick since 1961.[17]

On 9 July 2009, Mills fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during practice and was subsequently ruled out of the NBA Summer League.[18] On 16 October 2009, he signed a contract with the Trail Blazers.[19] After completing rehabilitation, Mills was assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League on 29 December 2009.[20]

On 4 January 2010, Mills was called up to the NBA by the Trail Blazers.[21] Mills made his NBA debut that night.[22] He was reassigned to the Stampede on 13 January before being recalled again on 23 January.[23] Mills appeared in 10 games with the Trail Blazers during his rookie season, averaging 2.6 points in 3.8 minutes. He scored a season-high 11 points in Portland's regular-season finale on 14 April against the Golden State Warriors.[15] He also appeared in three playoff games for the Trail Blazers.[24]

In 2010–11, Mills played in 64 games for the Trail Blazers, averaging 5.5 points and 1.7 assists in 12.2 minutes. He scored in double figures 10 times and posted what was a career-best 23 points in Portland's regular-season finale on 13 April against Golden State.[15] He also appeared in two playoff games for the Trail Blazers.[25]

"3 Goggles"

Patty Mills three goggles
Mills (center) strikes a "3 Goggles" pose with two fans in 2011

During the 2010–11 season, the "3 Goggles" trend became popular in the NBA, whereby players fit themselves with "A-OK" hand-gesture goggles after they make a three-point basket during a game. Mills and teammate Rudy Fernández are credited with having started the trend. Mills and his teammates would poke fun at Fernández's struggles from beyond the three-point line, indicating he couldn't see very well. So when Fernandez started sinking three-point shots, they would make goggles with their hands over their eyes in tribute to his skill. From Fernández's perspective, when he started to make three-point shots, he would make the goggle gesture to show Mills his vision was OK.[26][27] T-shirts with the gesture were printed and popularly sold in Portland.[28]

2011 NBA lockout

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Mills during his stint with the Melbourne Tigers

Due to the 2011 NBA lockout, Mills returned to Australia to play in the National Basketball League (NBL). On 29 August 2011, he signed with the Melbourne Tigers for the 2011–12 season, after reportedly turning down lucrative offers from a number of European teams.[29] In the Tigers' season opener on 7 October 2011, Mills scored a game-high 28 points in an 82–76 win over the Sydney Kings.[30] His NBL stint was short lived, as he was released by the Tigers on 20 November after he received an offer of about $1 million from Chinese team Xinjiang Flying Tigers.[31] In nine games for Melbourne, he averaged 18.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.[32]

On 4 January 2012, Mills was released by Xinjiang after being out for 10 days with a hamstring injury. With the NBA lockout ending on 8 December 2011, Mills wanted to return to the Portland Trail Blazers, but the Chinese Basketball Association could not guarantee that he would receive FIBA clearance until March.[33] Reports later surfaced that Mills was sacked by Xinjiang for allegedly faking the hamstring injury.[34] In 12 games for Xinjiang, he averaged 26.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

San Antonio Spurs (2012–present)

On 27 March 2012, Mills signed with the San Antonio Spurs.[35] On 26 April 2012, Mills set career highs with 34 points and 12 assists for his first NBA double-double in a 107–101 win over the Golden State Warriors.[36] Mills posted the highest single-game score by an Australian in the NBA, surpassing Andrew Bogut's 32 points in January 2010.[37][38]

On 13 July 2012, Mills re-signed with the Spurs.[39] In the Spurs' second last game of the regular season on 15 April 2013, Mills scored a season-high 23 points in a 116–106 loss to Golden State.[40] The Spurs went on to reach the 2013 NBA Finals, where they lost in seven games to the Miami Heat. Mills missed the final four games of the NBA Finals with an abscess removal on his right foot.[15]

Aron Baynes and Patty Mills in front of the ACT Legislative Assembly in July 2014
Mills (right) and teammate Aron Baynes in July 2014, with the NBA Championship trophy.

On 24 June 2013, Mills exercised his player option to return to the Spurs for the 2013–14 season.[41] During the offseason, Mills lost weight and dropped his body fat.[42] Mills appeared in a team-high 81 games, including two starts, averaging 10.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in a career-high 18.9 minutes. He logged 1,527 minutes in 2013–14 after totaling 1,737 minutes in his previous four seasons combined.[15] Mills helped the Spurs return to the NBA Finals in 2014, where they again faced the Miami Heat. In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Mills scored 14 of his 17 points in the third quarter to help lift the Spurs to a 104–87 series-clinching win.[43][44]

On 11 July 2014, Mills re-signed with the Spurs.[45] He missed the first 31 games of the 2014–15 season with a shoulder injury.[46][47]

On 25 April 2017, Mills scored a postseason-high 20 points on 5-for-7 shooting in a 116–103 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their first-round series.[48]

On 4 August 2017, Mills re-signed with the Spurs on a four-year, $50 million contract.[49][50] On 4 December 2017, in a 96–93 win over the Detroit Pistons, Mills joined Manu Ginóbili and Matt Bonner as the only reserves in franchise history to make 500 3-pointers.[51] On 18 December 2017, in a 109–91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Mills joined Ginóbili and Malik Rose as the only Spurs in franchise history to score 3,000 points off the bench.[52] On 25 February 2018 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Mills climbed into fourth all-time on the Spurs' 3-pointers made list.[53]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Mills won an NBA Championship

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Portland 10 0 3.8 .417 .500 .571 .2 .5 .0 .0 2.6
2010–11 Portland 64 0 12.2 .412 .353 .766 .8 1.7 .4 .0 5.5
2011–12 San Antonio 16 3 16.3 .485 .429 1.000 1.8 2.4 .6 .1 10.3
2012–13 San Antonio 58 2 11.3 .469 .400 .842 .9 1.1 .4 .1 5.1
2013–14 San Antonio 81 2 18.9 .464 .425 .890 2.1 1.8 .8 .1 10.2
2014–15 San Antonio 51 0 15.7 .381 .341 .825 1.5 1.7 .5 .0 6.9
2015–16 San Antonio 81 3 20.5 .425 .384 .810 2.0 2.8 .7 .1 8.5
2016–17 San Antonio 80 8 21.9 .439 .413 .825 1.8 3.5 .8 .0 9.5
2017–18 San Antonio 82 36 25.7 .411 .372 .890 1.9 2.8 .7 .1 10.0
Career 523 54 18.3 .432 .390 .848 1.6 2.3 .6 .1 8.2

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Portland 3 0 4.0 .500 1.000 1.000 .0 1.0 .0 .0 2.0
2011 Portland 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 .5 .0 .0 .0 .0
2012 San Antonio 8 0 3.9 .545 .600 .4 .6 .1 .0 1.9
2013 San Antonio 9 0 3.4 .500 .286 .3 .2 .0 .0 1.3
2014 San Antonio 23 0 15.3 .447 .405 .769 1.5 1.4 .7 .0 7.3
2015 San Antonio 7 0 16.0 .500 .571 1.000 2.7 1.1 .3 .0 10.1
2016 San Antonio 10 0 16.7 .434 .361 .636 1.4 2.0 .7 .0 6.6
2017 San Antonio 16 6 26.0 .407 .360 .864 2.1 2.7 .8 .1 10.3
2018 San Antonio 5 5 33.0 .439 .371 .800 2.0 2.6 .6 .2 13.4
Career 83 11 15.5 .439 .399 .831 1.4 1.5 .5 .0 6.9

National team career

In 2007, Mills made his senior national team debut for the Boomers at the FIBA Oceania Championship. The following year, he played for Australia at the FIBA Diamond Ball tournament and represented his country at the Beijing Olympics, where he averaged 14.2 points per game.[54]

Mills went on to play for Australia at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship, before once again representing his country at the 2012 London Olympics.[54] At the 2012 Olympics, Mills had the highest scoring average with 21.2 points per game, ahead of Kevin Durant of the United States, who averaged 19.5 points per game.[55]

In 2013, Mills played for Australia at the FIBA Oceania Championship. Two years later, he played at the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship. In 2016, he helped the Boomers finish fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympics.[54]

International stats

Tournament Points per game Rebounds per game Assists per game
2007 U19 World Cup 14.9 2.8 4.6
2007 FIBA Ociania 10.3 1.7 1.3
2008 FIBA Diamond Ball 5.3 0.7 0.3
2008 Olympic Games 14.2 2.2 2
2010 FIBA World Cup 13.8 1.7 4.2
2011 London Invitational 17 1.3 2
2011 FIBA Oceania 14.3 2.7 3.7
2012 Olympic Games 21.2 4.5 2.2
2013 FIBA Oceania 20.5 3.5 2
2015 FIBA Oceania 13 4.5 4
2016 Olympic Games 21.3 1.6 1.7

Source: FIBA.com

Personal life

Portland Mayor Sam Adams with Assisting Australia
Mills (left) with then teammate Chris Johnson and Portland, Oregon mayor Sam Adams in June 2011, wearing "Assist Australia" t-shirts.

Mills is the only child of Benny and Yvonne Mills.[3] His uncle is former Olympian basketballer Danny Morseu.[56] He is the cousin of rugby league player Edrick Lee[57] and fellow basketball player Nathan Jawai.[58][59][60]

Mills met long-time girlfriend Alyssa Levesque, who was also a college basketball player, while they were both attending Saint Mary's College of California.[61]

In 2011, Mills started the charity project "Assist Australia" following Queensland's floods in March 2010 and in December 2010 to January 2011. His first charity work came in 2010, helping raise over $40,000 for the first flood relief.[62]

In July 2014, Mills was presented with the keys to the city in Canberra in the wake of the Spurs' championship success.[63]

See also

  • Map of USA and Canada, NBA, zoom.svg National Basketball Association portal

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External links

2008–09 Davidson Wildcats men's basketball team

The 2008–09 Davidson Wildcats men's basketball team represented Davidson College in NCAA men's Division I competition. The Wildcats had emerged in recent years as a legitimate national power despite being a mid-major school with one of the smallest student bodies in the NCAA Division I. The team was given high expectations after advancing to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2008.

This season was highlighted by the individual performance of Stephen Curry, who was the nation's leading scorer after making the switch from Shooting Guard to Point Guard positions. He averaged 28.6 Points per Game and 5.6 Assists per Game. Stephen this season also took the title of all-time leading career point-scorer from former All-American John Gerdy. A few months after the season, Stephen announced his entry into the 2009 NBA Draft, ending his Davidson career.

The season was ended on a disappointing note, as the Wildcats unexpectedly lost to College of Charleston in the SoCon Tournament semifinals, resulting in their omission from the NCAA Basketball Tournament Field. The Wildcats then beat the South Carolina Gamecocks in the NIT tournament before losing in the Round of 16 to Saint Mary's and their star Point Guard Patty Mills.

2012–13 San Antonio Spurs season

The 2012–13 San Antonio Spurs season was the 46th season of the franchise, 40th in San Antonio and 37th in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Spurs finished the regular season with a 58–24 record as the 2nd seed in the Western Conference.

In the playoffs, the Spurs swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the First Round in four games, defeated the Golden State Warriors in the Semifinals in six games, and swept the Memphis Grizzlies in the Conference Finals in four games, advancing to the NBA Finals for the fifth time in franchise history since 2007, but came up short of a fifth title, losing to the Miami Heat in a tough seven-game series, who would hand them their very first defeat in the NBA Finals.

2013–14 San Antonio Spurs season

The 2013–14 San Antonio Spurs season was the 47th season of the franchise, their 41st in San Antonio and the 38th in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Spurs entered the season as runner-ups of the 2013 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat in seven games, marking the first time the Spurs lost in the NBA Finals. They also entered the season with an NBA-record ten international players.

In the playoffs, the Spurs defeated Dallas Mavericks in seven games in the First Round, the Portland Trail Blazers in five games in the Semifinals, and the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games to advance to the NBA Finals for the sixth time in franchise history. This marked the first time that the Spurs have made back-to-back Finals appearances, also against the Miami Heat, whom they lost against in last year's NBA Finals in seven games and suffered their first loss in the NBA Finals. Unlike the previous year, the Spurs avenged their NBA Finals loss and became NBA Champions after defeating Miami in five games, winning their fifth NBA Championship. The Spurs outscored the Heat in the series by the largest per game average point differential (14.0) in Finals history. San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard was named the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP).

2014–15 San Antonio Spurs season

The 2014–15 San Antonio Spurs season was the 48th season of the franchise, 39th in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 42nd in the San Antonio area. The Spurs were the defending NBA Champions, having defeated the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals 4 games to 1 and winning their fifth NBA championship, and made Tim Duncan the second player in NBA history to win championships in 3 different decades (The first being John Salley). On April 3, 2015 after their victory over the Denver Nuggets they clinched a 50+ win season for the 16th consecutive season. The Spurs started the season slow and exceeded their previous season of 20 losses, but managed an eleven-game winning streak within the last 12 games and finished 55-27, finishing third in the Southwest on a tie breaker to the Memphis Grizzlies.

In the playoffs, the Spurs faced the Los Angeles Clippers in the First Round. The Spurs' season would end in a Game 7 loss, after Chris Paul made a layup with 1 second on the clock and Matt Barnes blocking a desperate final inbound pass as time expired, losing 109–111. It was the first time since 2011 where the Spurs were eliminated in the first round, where they were eliminated by the 8th-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in a shocking upset. The team hired former WNBA point guard Becky Hammon as an assistant head coach, making her the first full-time female assistant coach in the NBA.

2015–16 San Antonio Spurs season

The 2015–16 San Antonio Spurs season was the 49th season of the franchise, 40th in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 43rd in the San Antonio area.Kawhi Leonard was selected to play in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game as a starter. This marked the first All-Star appearance for Leonard. With the acquisitions of David West and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs finished with a 67–15 record, their best winning percentage in franchise history, earning them the Southwest Division title. The Spurs also set a franchise record for most wins in a season with 67 and tied the NBA record for most home wins in a season with 40 (tying the 1985–86 Boston Celtics 40–1 home record). On April 10, the Spurs' home winning streak came to an end with a loss to the defending NBA Champions Golden State Warriors.

In the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs, the Spurs faced the injury depleted Memphis Grizzlies, and swept them in four games. However, in the Conference Semifinals, the team was defeated 2–4 by the Oklahoma City Thunder. They would become the first team to since the 2007 Dallas Mavericks to finish with 67 wins and be eliminated before the conference finals.After 19 years, this season marked the end of the Tim Duncan era as he retired from the NBA following this season. Believed by many as the greatest Spur of all time, Duncan led the Spurs to 5 championships, a playoff appearance in every season of his 19 years in the league, and after winning their 5th ring in 2014, became the second player, after John Salley, to win championships in 3 different decades.

2016–17 San Antonio Spurs season

The 2016–17 San Antonio Spurs season was the franchise's 50th season, its 44th season in the San Antonio area, and its 41st in the National Basketball Association (NBA). This season was the team's first without longtime team cornerstone Tim Duncan since 1996–97; Duncan retired from the NBA on July 11, 2016 as a 5-time champion and the first NBA player ever to win championships in 3 straight decades. With the elimination of the Detroit Red Wings from the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs on March 28, 2017, the Spurs--with 20 consecutive NBA Playoffs appearances--held the longest active playoff streak in any of the major North American professional sports leagues.

The Spurs finished the regular season with a 61–21 record, securing the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. In the first round of the playoffs, the Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in six games. In the Western Conference Semifinals, they defeated the Houston Rockets in six games. In the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs were swept by the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors in four games. This was San Antonio’s first time being swept in the playoffs since the 2010 Western Conference Semifinals, when they were defeated by the Steve Nash-led Phoenix Suns.

2017–18 San Antonio Spurs season

The 2017–18 San Antonio Spurs season was the 51st season of the franchise, 42nd in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 45th in the San Antonio area.

On March 10, 2018, the Spurs finished with a losing season on the road for the first time since 1997 after a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but with a win against the Washington Wizards on March 21, 2018, the Spurs clinched an NBA record 21st consecutive winning season. With a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on April 3, 2018, the streak of 20 straight seasons of 50 wins or more (and 20 straight seasons with a record of .600 or better) ended for the Spurs. The streak lasted since the 1997–98 season, which also was the first year of the Tim Duncan era, not counting the shortened lockout season, also the year they won their first championship title. Despite that, the Spurs clinched their 21st consecutive playoff spot on April 9, 2018 with a win over the Sacramento Kings in their last home game of the season. They finished the regular season with 47–35, which clinched the 7th seed. In the playoffs, the Spurs faced the second seeded and eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors, the team that swept them in last season's Western Conference Finals, in the First Round, and lost in five games.

Kawhi Leonard played a career-low nine games this year due to a quad injury. Tragedy struck the team during the playoffs when head coach Gregg Popovich's wife Erin died. Assistant Ettore Messina took over for the rest of the season. After the end of the season, Leonard demanded he be traded out of San Antonio, claiming lost trust in them in relation to his injury concerns. On July 16, 2018, despite actually wanting to join LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers instead, Kawhi was traded to the Toronto Raptors. The Spurs were also named as a possible destination for several free agent star players, such as Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, and Kyrie Irving.

This was also both Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili's last seasons with Spurs. After 17 years with the team, he signed a two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, which left Manu Ginobili as the only active member of the Spurs' "Big Three" left at that time. On August 27, 2018, Ginobili announced his retirement after 16 seasons, all with the Spurs. Ginobili was the second-oldest active player in the league at the time of his retirement, behind only the Atlanta Hawks' Vince Carter. This marked the official end of the Spurs' "Big Three" era. The trio helped the Spurs win 4 championships, their latest being in 2014.

2018–19 San Antonio Spurs season

The 2018–19 San Antonio Spurs season is the 52nd season of the franchise, 43rd in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 46th in the San Antonio area.

This is the first season since the 2000–01 season in which point guard Tony Parker is not on the team. After 17 years with the Spurs, he signed with the Charlotte Hornets in the off-season. It is also the first season since the 2001–02 season without Manu Ginóbili on the team who retired on August 27, 2018, officially ending what was the Spurs' "Big Three" era. The departures of Parker, Danny Green, and Kawhi Leonard, and the retirement of Ginobili, leaves Patty Mills as the longest tenured Spur on the roster, also joining Marco Belenilli as the last remaining players from the 2014 championship season on the roster. The last season the Spurs were without the trio of Duncan, Parker, or Ginobili was 1996–97.

After sitting out the majority of last season due to injury, this is also the first season since the 2010–11 season without Kawhi Leonard on the roster as he was traded alongside Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Pöltl, and a 2019 protected first round pick on July 18, 2018.

On March 28, 2019 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Spurs will retire the number 20 of former shooting guard Manu Ginóbili.

Australia national basketball team

The Australian men's national basketball team is known as the Boomers, a slang term for a male kangaroo. Australia finished 4th at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Australia is a regional power in basketball. Placed in the relatively weak FIBA Oceania region, the Boomers's qualification for the Summer Olympic Games and FIBA World Cup is often a three-match competition against the other regional power, the New Zealand Tall Blacks.

Before the formation of the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1979, Boomers players were selected from state leagues around the country, with Victoria, South Australia, and to a lesser extent New South Wales the dominant states. After the formation of the NBL, players began to be selected almost exclusively from that competition during the 1980s and 1990s.

Occasionally players were selected from outside the NBL. Mark Bradtke made his Boomers debut in 1987 while attending the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) before he entered the NBL. Luc Longley made his debut in 1988 while playing college basketball in the United States. Other Australian players enter the Euroleague and the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the U.S. The Boomers's roster for the 2014 World Cup included five NBA players: Cameron Bairstow with the Brisbane Bullets, Aron Baynes with the Boston Celtics, Matthew Dellavedova with the Milwaukee Bucks, and Dante Exum and Joe Ingles with the Utah Jazz. Three other players were ruled out of the World Cup due to injury play in the NBA, namely Andrew Bogut of the Los Angeles Lakers, rookie Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers and Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs.

Several players on youth national teams are student athletes at the AIS or in the US college basketball system. Some players (e.g. Longley) made the senior national team while at US schools. By the early 21st century, almost half of the squad was playing outside Australia. For the 2012 London Olympic Games, only two members of the Australian squad were based in the country – Peter Crawford and Adam Gibson, with the latter being the only Australia-based member of the 2014 World Cup squad. The AIS has helped Australia's popularity worldwide.

Australia has participated in the most Olympic men's basketball tournaments (14) without winning a medal. Australia has also participated in 11 FIBA World Cups without winning a medal, making Australia the nation with the second-most appearances at the tournament without winning a medal, behind Canada and Puerto Rico (both 13).

Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

The men's tournament in basketball at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro began on 6 August and ended on 21 August.The gold medal game in this discipline was the final competitive event before the Closing Ceremony.The United States won their fifteenth gold medal after defeating Serbia, 96–66, in the gold medal match, the largest margin of victory in a gold medal game since the 1992 Olympics. Spain won the bronze medal after an 89–88 win over Australia.The medals were presented by Patrick Baumann, Switzerland, Dr. Rene Fasel, Switzerland, and Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwe, members of the International Olympic Committee and the gifts were presented by Horacio Muratore, president of the FIBA, Hamine Niang, first vice-president of FIBA and Jerry Colangelo, chairman of USA Basketball.

Danny Morseu

Danny Morseu (born 1 January 1958 in Thursday Island, Queensland) is an Australian basketball player who played on the Australian national basketball team in the 1980 Summer Olympics and 1984 Summer Olympics.

Dejounte Murray

Dejounte Dashaun Murray (born September 19, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for the Washington Huskies, where he earned second-team all-conference honors in the Pac-12 as a freshman in 2015–16. He was selected by the Spurs in the first round of the 2016 NBA draft with the 29th overall pick.

Duncan Islands

The Duncan Islands are a group of islands in the Torres Strait Islands archipelago, located northwest of the Bramble Channel of Torres Strait in Queensland, Australia. The islands are situated north of Thursday Island and approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) southwest of Badu Island. The Duncan Islands are located within the Torres Strait Island Region local government area.

The Duncan Islands include three uninhabited islands:

Kanig Island

Maitak Island

Meth Islet

Jagera

Jagera, also written Yagarr, Yaggera, Yuggera, Yugarabul and Yugaapul is a tribe of Australian Aboriginal people which inhabited the territories from Moreton Bay to Toowoomba including the city of Brisbane (including Ipswich) before European settlement of Australia. The Jagera are interchangeable with the Turrbal, a different name used of roughly the same groups, but referring strictly speaking to a Jagera dialect.

This group is one of the traditional custodians of the land over which much of Brisbane is built.

List of Dud Perkins Award winners

The Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award was established by the American Motorcyclist Association in January 1970. Among several AMA awards established for "significant contributions to American motorcycling", the Dud Perkins Award holds the top honor for "the highest level of service" to motorcyclists. It is named for the first awardee, Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee Dudley "Dud" Perkins.

2016: Craig Vetter

2014: Mike and Margaret Wilson

2013: Andy Goldfine

2012: Jerry Abboud

2004: Dave Despain

2002: Patty Mills

2000: Jim Hutzler and Carl Reynolds

1998: Jim Nickerson

1997: Trevor Deeley

1996: Woody Leone Sr. and Bill Boyce

1995: Dick Mann

1994: Dave & Rita Coombs and Mike Farabaugh

1993: Charlie & Joan Watson and Chuck & Sharon Clayton

1991: Bob Frink

1990: Roger Hull, Harold Farnam & Roxy Rockwood

1989: Stan & Dorothy Miles

1988: Joe Christian

1987: Bee Gee & Duke Pennell and John & Bonnie Burnside

1986: Hap Jones and Floyd "Pop" Dreyer

1985: Bill Bagnall

1984: Jim Davis

1983: J. C. "Pappy" Hoel & Earl & Lucille Flanders

1982: Al Eames

1981: Lin Kuchler

1980: Horace Fritz

1979: Earl and Dot Robinson

1978: Reggie Pink

1977: J. R. Kelley

1976: John Harley

1975: Bruce Walters

1973: William S. Harley

1972: Tom Sifton

1971: Soichiro Honda

1970: Dudley "Dud" Perkins

McKeon Pavilion

McKeon Pavilion is a 3,500 seat multi-purpose arena at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, California. Home men's and women's basketball and volleyball games are held in the gymnasium, the team nickname being the Gaels. Many athletic camps for youths also use the gym, primarily in the summer, and other on-campus events, such as the Baccalaureate mass, are also held there. Banners commemorating successful seasons, championships and post-season appearances for all Saint Mary's sports hang on the back wall. At well-attended games, the court-level bleachers opposite the benches are reserved entirely for students.

Common criticism of the gym, including by students, is its age and size. It is one of the smaller gyms in the West Coast Conference. The seating is mainly along two sides, running along the long sides of the court. Behind one basket is a large wall, and behind another a handful of elevated, VIP seats. Seating is mostly bleacher-style, not stadium style. However, many feel that the small size of the gym adds to the intensity of the crowd at sold-out games, when the cheers of 3,500 fans are amplified due to the small space. Because of this, McKeon Pavilion is considered by many to be one of the tougher gyms to play in for an opposing team. Current athletic director Mark Orr has said there are design plans that would knock out the front and back walls of the gym, adding 1,000 seats, but there is not yet funding for the project.With gym renovations years away, the college has made several upgrades to the facility. Prior to the 2005-2006 season new floors were installed. Before the 2006-2007 season, the lower level reserved seating (directly behind the benches) was changed from bleachers to stadium-style seats with backs. The bleachers in the student section (also known as Gaelforce) - opposite the benches - were painted dark blue. Large banners were hung from the railings separating the upper and lower seating sections, reading "Saint Mary's College" behind the reserved seating and "Gaelforce" behind the student section.

In the 21st century, the arena's culture has increasingly reflected the Gaels' strong Australian connections, with at least one Australian player on the men's basketball roster in each season since 2001–02 (among them current NBA players Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova) and a program record of seven in the 2016–17 season. The student section has been filled with Australian flags, a large Australian flag is now prominently displayed on a back wall of the arena, and the student section regularly responds to big plays with the "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie" chant.In recent memory, the gym has seen the 2001 women's basketball team and the 2005 men's basketball team reach the NCAA Tournament. The women's volleyball team has also achieved much success, reaching the post-season in 2004-2006. During the 2004-2005 season the men's basketball team posted a 15-1 record in their home gym en route to a bubble NCAA tournament berth. On January 8, 2005, the men's basketball team defeated West Coast Conference powerhouse Gonzaga University 89-81 in McKeon, ending a 17-game losing streak against the Zags and handing Gonzaga its first conference loss in 17 games.

It opened January 21, 1978. It is the largest enclosed arena in Contra Costa County.

Saint Mary's Gaels

The Saint Mary's Gaels are the athletic teams that compete at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, California. The nickname applies to the college's intercollegiate NCAA Division I teams and to the school's club sports teams. Most varsity teams compete in the West Coast Conference.

UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra

University of Canberra Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra, formerly known as Lake Ginninderra College until 2011, is a public secondary college for students in Years 11 and 12. It is located in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia, situated on the lakefront of Lake Ginninderra.

Xinjiang Flying Tigers

The Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers (Chinese: 新疆广汇飞虎), is a professional basketball team based in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, China. The team plays its home games in the Hongshan Arena, which has a capacity of 3,500 people.

The club joined the league ahead of the 1999–2000 CBA season, as the first step in the organization's plans to expand into the country's western interior.

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