Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 11/4/14
San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills was recently on FM News 101 KXL's The Bald Faced Truth's radio show and discussed what it's like to play for the Spurs, represent his home country of Australia, playing for Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and more. Mills was asked what it was like to go to the Finals as a member of the Spurs with veterans like Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili leading the way. “Being part of a team with the caliber of guys that are on the team…I’ve definitely become a better player,” Mills said. “Just being around these guys, they are great players but they’re even better people to be around.” Mills was also asked about how much time he gets off in the offseason before preparing for another season. Mills said he didn't get that much time off as usual because the Spurs went to the NBA Finals so late in June and now he has to get ready for international play with with Australia.  Even though Mills didn't receive a lot of playing time during the season or in the playoffs, he gained a lot of popularity with his towel waving support for his teammates. He discussed how the waving method came to be and what he hopes it does for those watching him. "I think it's always been there for me," said Mills. "I have a genuine care about my teammates. (It) Started back in Portland but took off in San Antonio." Mills went on to say it's a way to keep him energized and excited in the event he's called into a game. He also said he wants to be a role model for kids or players out there who might be in his situation - sitting on the bench - to still be able to contribute to their team by being a strong support piece. As where basketball came from, Mills said he grew up an only child and began playing basketball at the age of four. He said he was able to attend the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia at the age of 11 or 12 and after watching the games live, knew one day his goal would be to wear the green jersey of his home country. And of course, it's a question that's usually asked to players who play for the Spurs, so the host wanted to know what is coach Popovich really like?  "He’s a sweetheart man, he really is. He comes off one way to the media…but he’s really a great guy." "He has a great personality," continued Mills of Popovich, "he jokes around a lot. He cares about your family and everyone's background. He sets the bar high for what San Antonio is all about." Mills will be representing Australia in the FIBA Oceania tournament in mid August before training camp begins in late September. When he returns to training camp, he'll again be expected to battle for the backup point guard position along with Cory Joseph and Nando De Colo.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs to win in OT thriller

Report: Adrian Peterson will skip Vikings first OTAs

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

John Madden: Last play of Super Bowl will 'torment' Pete Carroll

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick, sets career high for goals

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

Federer unhappy with security after fan comes on court

WATCH: LeBron throws down ferocious dunk in traffic

WATCH: Al Horford ejected for elbowing Matthew Dellavedova

Seahawks fan starts GoFundMe for Russell Wilson's contract

Billy Donovan thanks Florida fans with full-page ad

WATCH: Daniel Cormier gets into it with Ryan Bader

Jim Harbaugh compares his driving to Jeff Gordon's

WATCH: High school seals win with perfect hidden ball trick

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

WATCH: LeBron's ferocious dunk in traffic

Kelly drops hint about ND offense

John Madden: Last SB play will 'torment' Carroll

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.