Patty Mills, Portlands Game Changer? Odd, But Reasons Why It's True
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  1. laric33
    Posts: 53

    Posted 02/13/2012 10:06 PM

    There are a few things that I think the Blazers are missing this season... One is Patty Mills, or "a" Patty Mills. Porltand has been flat, boring, and lack energy. I understand that Patty isn't a superstar player, but I think what he brought to Portland was priceless. He was a guy who was so motivated and who motivated those around him. He brought an amazing amount on energy to all the players, be it wallace, wesley, or aldridge. He was alwasy energetic whether he was on the bench or in the game. I understand he isn't the best player, although I think he would be pushing the pace better and he couldn't possibly shoot worse than felton is now. I just feel like the blazers lack a motivater. Everyone seems pretty quiet. They will try to get it going when they are down by 20 but why wait. I feel like patty was someone who would always keep everyone pumped up. One of the reasons is that he was always just having fun. Most players play better when they are just having fun playin the game. Its evident this season because everyone looks depressed and is sayin they don't understand what to do and that they are thinking to much. And its true, they need to go out there and have fun. Patty brought the 3 goggles last year which i understand a lot of people didnt like because they wouldn't get back on defense, but it was something that helped make the game fun for them. Wesley is obviously struggling this year with shooting. He was a 3 google participant last year and just seemed to have more fun playing the game. So what I'm saying is, we have the talent with the current players to be contenders, but we lack a player to give his teamates energy. Someone they can feed off of. I'm not sayin we need to go out and get patty back, although i wouldn't be upset about that, but I think they need to get someone or someone needs to step up to bring everyone else back to the reality that it is a game and should be fun. They play better when they have fun! I hate highlight reel chasers but sometimes it just gives you a huge boost. How many alley oops to LA have we had this year compared to last... Not too many. Things like that and people like Patty give teams energy! That is a huge think Portland is lacking this year!
    I am a fan of Getting and Maintaining Energy!
  1. BlazerManiac
    Posts: 777

    Posted 02/14/2012 8:58 AM

    Where is Patty?
    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. laric33
    Posts: 53

    Posted 02/14/2012 9:28 AM

    I think he was playin for china for awhile, but he is back now and I don't think he is playing for anyone. I'm not sure though
    I am a fan of Getting and Maintaining Energy!
  1. BlazerManiac
    Posts: 777

    Posted 02/14/2012 10:08 AM

    Updated: January 12, 2012, 5:01 PM ET

    Patty Mills aims for eventual NBA return

    Associated Press

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Patty Mills says he'd like to return to the NBA when the Chinese league that holds his rights releases him.

    Mills, who is from Australia, was cut by the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association earlier this month because of a hamstring injury. The dismissal was controversial because the Tigers alleged he was faking the injury.



    The 6-foot point guard known for his speed says his hamstring is on the mend. But before he can entertain offers from the NBA, the Chinese league must also grant him a "letter of clearance."

    "It would be good to get released, obviously that's what I'm hoping for. We just don't know," Mills said Wednesday night after attending the Blazers' game against the Orlando Magic.

    If he is let go, it's unlikely that Mills would return to Portland in the near future because the Blazers' roster is full, including point guards Raymond Felton, Nolan Smith and Armon Johnson. Portland would have to cut someone to bring him back.

    "I'd love to be back here. I don't know the chances, but obviously I feel like I'm very close to the guys on the team here and obviously to the community," Mills said. "To come back to a place like this, it definitely feels like home to me."

    Mills played at St. Mary's in California and grabbed international attention when he scored 20 points for Australia in the 2008 Olympics against the gold medal-winning U.S. team. He was the youngest basketball player in Beijing at 19.

    He was drafted by the Blazers in 2009 and quickly became a fan favorite. He formed a close bond with the other foreign players on Portland's roster, Nicolas Batum and Rudy Fernandez.

    In 74 career games, Mills averaged 5.1 points and 1.5 assists in 11.1 minutes, providing a spark off the bench.

    He was popular for his cheerleading and towel-waving for the Blazers on the sidelines, and for flashing the "Three Goggles" gesture with his hands whenever he or a teammate made a 3-pointer.

    Mills waved a towel again on Wednesday night when the Blazers rallied but ultimately fell to the Magic 107-104.

    Portland center Marcus Camby shouted "Miss you!" to Mills across the locker room after the game.

    A free agent, Mills said he plans to get healthy and obtain his clearance before entertaining offers from NBA teams.

    He'll play in the London Olympics this summer with the Boomers, the nickname of Australia's national team.

    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
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