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Nov 08

Portland’s love affair with Patty Mills

By sarahhecht Posted in: PattyMills
What's up with the overwhelming love for the Aussie in number eight? Is it his contributions on the court? His never-ending team spirit? His antics behind Mike and Mike? His hilarious Twitter games? Dare I say, the accent? Regardless of the reason, many Trail Blazers fans have gone gaga over guard Patrick Mills.

During Mills’ season debut vs. the Raptors, Patty saw some minutes as the game came to an end. As he headed to the court from the scorer’s table, Rose Garden fans welcomed him with a standing ovation. A standing ovation!? That's not a reception usually seen for a limited-minute second-year player. So I asked myself, “Whats this all about?” After mulling it over for a day or so I’ve come to one conclusion. It’s about the fans more than about Mills himself.

Portland fans are a rare breed. The not so distant past taught us there's much more to basketball fandom than on the court performances and stat sheets. The characters of the players putting up the stats are just as important. These are the men our kids look up to. The guys that put a public face on community service and giving back. For Trail Blazers fans, being a good person off the court will earn you comparable credit to hitting a game winning three. Patty embraces this very aspect of Portland culture and generates a cult-like following in the process. From cheering on the team from the bench—he’s always the first one up with cheers and high fives—to involving fans with his Twitter game “Aussie Takes with Patty Cakes,” his likable qualities reach fans of all ages. I asked a few friends what their takes were on Patty and every single response was positive. They ranged from his quality interviews and consistently hard work, to his response of “Oi, oi, oi” when prompted with “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” by a fan in the crowd. Overall I think it comes back to one thing, Portland fans love players with good character. Check out Patty's trailblazers.tv show, On the Streets with Patty Cakes, to see what I mean.

My opinion is just one of many. What's your take on Portland’s love of Patty Mills? Has he captured you as a fan? Or are you waiting to see how he contributes to the team before you pass judgment?

3 Comments

  1. Patty Cakes, Patty Cakes, Blazers man.
    Make me a play as fast as you can.
    Pick it and roll it and spot it for a three.
    Then put it in the bucket for Rip City and me!

    by RipCityBeth on 11/10/2010 10:13 AM
  2. He has definitely captured the city and I don't see it stopping anytime soon. He is just a likable guy. He is funny. He has a sweet accent. He has a beard that fits in with Portlanders. He loves the game of basketball. He embraces the city and the culture of the city. He stays positive, even with low playing time. He responses to fans more than anyone I know. His Twitter account always has something new. These are just a few of the reasons I love Patty Mills. I hope that he can continue to grow and get more playing time.

    by CrazyRusty on 11/10/2010 3:36 PM
  3. Though I haven't seen him in person yet, I have enjoyed his episodes as Patty Cakes on trailblazers.tv. Also, I was watching highlights from the game vs. the Clippers and I noticed when Roy hit that 3 at the halftime buzzer, someone raised his hands as the shot went up and ran to the locker room without waiting for thee others. When I mentioned it in the comments (YouTube) one other fan noticed and thought it was funny too. I have to say it was Patty, which I figured out pretty soon. So I think his enthusiasm despite not playing much, is great for th team and of course his attitude overall can only be infectious and be reflected in the fans' reaction to him coming into the game. Hope he keeps it up! - Anees

    by Anees on 11/24/2010 9:50 AM
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