San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills is eager to continue his expanded role as backup point guard on his team this year.
In his third year as a San Antonio Spur, Patty came into camp slimmed down, in excellent shape, and serious about graduating from resident towel waiver on the bench to regular rotation player backing up starting point guard Tony Parker.
''I want to be taken seriously now, not just someone who was waving a towel last year,'' said Patty. '
'I really want to be a part of this team, really want to win and make a contribution. That's the impression that I wanted to make when I came in [this season].''
Coach Pop had this to say about Patty.
''He came back to us with a totally different body [this year], he worked the entire time to change fat to muscle,'' Popovich said.
''He came back quicker, more dedicated defensively and he's making great decisions compared to the past. He really wanted the job he has right now, he came back and took it.''
The increase in minutes played per game this year has helped Patty to up his average to 9.4 PPG thus far this season.
Referring to last years' championship loss to the Miami Heat, Patty commented, "We always want to go one better''.
''For me, I'm just trying to earn trust and hold that trust with the other guys on the team, especially the coach. It's hard to get that trust so I think maintaining that is a big key for this team.''
And considering Parker will be out indefinitely as he deals with injuires, it will be Mills' time to shine.
As a fan, I couldn't be happier to see the extremely likeable Aussie speedster do well in his expanded role on my favorite team.