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18 Times Patty Mills Totally Fucking Represented Indigenous Oz

San Antonio Spur. Torres Strait Islander. All Australian Hero.

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1. This is Australian basketball star and Olympian Patty Mills.

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2. He is currently bossing it for the Boomers in Rio.

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3. (Semi-final vs Serbia tips off at 08:00 AEST Saturday – C'mon Straya 🇦🇺 🏀)

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4. Patty is a proud Indigenous Australian from the Torres Strait, at the very tip of Queensland.

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5. He began his career shooting hoops on Thursday Island, through a basket made by his Grandad.

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6. He's spent the past five seasons playing for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA.

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7. (He won the NBA championship with them in 2014)

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8. A proud Australian, Patty never forgets where he comes from.

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9. Or his roots. Like this time, when he schooled then Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Australian culture and history.

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This followed Mr Abbott's comments on the development of Australia since white settlement in 1788, when he said:

"It's hard to think that back in 1788 Australia was nothing but bush, and that the marines and the convicts and the sailors that struggled off those 12 ships just a few hundred yards from where we are now must have thought they'd come almost to the moon."

Preach Patty, preach:

"I absolutely love educating the rest of the world on Australian Culture and Heritage so I just want to take the time to clarify that... Australia was not 'nothing but bush'. In fact, it was a place with societies, systems & principles. My guess is that it was beautiful then too. The Marines, Convicts and Sailors were nowhere near the moon... The moon doesn't have Kangaroos and Koalas. I'm proud of where I come from and I like to represent my country the right way."

10. Patty's Instagram regularly features Eddie Mabo, who in 1992 finally won a High Court fight to recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have traditional rights to their lands.

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11. Patty is MASSIVELY proud of his fellow Torres Strait islander.

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12. Here he is at a Mabo Day celebration in Canberra, performing a traditional 'Shark Dance' for a big audience that included Mabo's wife, Bonita.

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13. Patty is basically massively proud of his heritage: here's a pic of the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion in 1945.

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14. And he credits Australian Olympic great Cathy Freeman with inspiring his journey to Rio.

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15. Patty and his Boomer teammates have worked hard to bring basketball to Australia's first peoples.

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16. This year Patty teamed up with the NBA Players Association and the Australian Basketballers' Association to present the Mutijulu community with a new court.

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18. From the Red Centre to the Olympic semi-final. Go Team Australia! 🇦🇺

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