A fantastic and fun basketball series by Australian Olympian and NBA star Patty Mills that will entertain young readers, inspire kids to achieve their goals through sport, and showcase Patty’s pride in his Indigenous heritage.
Sport-mad Patty Mills is a star on the footy field, an ace at athletics, a ripper at rugby.
So when he tries out for basketball, it should be a breeze…Patty expects to be a great basketballer straight away, just like his uncle Danny. But he soon discovers there’s a whole lot more to the game than just shooting hoops.He’s got a lot to learn, on and off the court – and it’s going to take plenty of practice. Will he and his school team be good enough to get into the finals?
Patty Mills was born on August 11, 1988 in Canberra, Australia. His father Benny is from the Torres Strait Islands, and his mother Yvonne is an Australian Aboriginal originally from the Kokatha people in South Australia. Patty was born into a family that was surrounded by basketball. His parents founded Shadows Basketball in the early 80's, a local Canberra club created to provide a sense of community, familiarity, and opportunities for Indigenous people through basketball. Today, Patty plays with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA and is the only Indigenous Australian to win an NBA Championship (2013/14 season). He is also a triple Olympian (Beijing '08, London '12, Rio de Janeiro '16) and currently represents the Australian Boomers.