Patty Mills Takes D-League by Storm, Makes Case for NBA Call-Up

January 4th, 2010 by Brodie Stephens Leave a reply »
When Duke University and USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski sings a player’s praises, the basketball world listens.

In his 28 years of coaching at Duke University, Krzyzewski's tutelage has played a primary role in molding a plethora of young aspirants into legitimate NBA players.

Coach K knows an NBA player when he sees one.

"He's a great guard.  He'll be an NBA guard.  I'm very, very impressed.  He really has great quickness.  And I love him defensively.  I've been a defensive coach my whole life and there aren't very many people who stay with the guard, like right on him, when he has the ball, and if he's beaten, he doesn't retreat, he continues to play the play.”

Patrick Mills, a 6'0", 185-pound Indigenous Australian point guard, had just scored 20 points while picking up three steals and two assists with zero turnovers against Krzyzewski’s U.S. team at the Beijing Olympics.

What made Mills’ performance particularly intoxicating to all who witnessed it (aside from the fact that he had just turned 20), was that it came against Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Jason Kidd. 

While Mills was ...

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