Patty Mills is the first book exploring the Indigenous Australian athlete and trail blazer—the first Indigenous Australian to win an NBA Championship in 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs. He continues to break records and inspire with his achievements, all of which are covered in this tribute to the extraordinary sportsman.
In 2021 he led the Boomers to their first Olympic medal at the Tokyo Olympics, arguably the greatest single game played by anyone wearing the green-and-gold for an Australian men’s basketball team, and in 2022 he was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for charitable initiatives in the Indigenous community and his contribution to basketball in the Australia Day honours.
Award-winning sports writer Boti Nagy celebrates the star athlete’s achievements on the court and gives an overview of Australian basketball history, the Boomers, past Olympic campaigns, and standout players who paved the way for Patty Mills and others of his generation. Beyond basketball the book looks at Mills’ understanding of his identity as an Indigenous Australian through his family history and his off-court leadership efforts in creating pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as a spokesman and ambassador.
Former News Corporation journalist and multiple award-winning sports writer Boti Nagy is a five-time nominee for Basketball Australia’s Hall of Fame for his contribution to the sport, and was inducted last year into the Basketball SA Hall of Fame. He previously has written three critically-acclaimed books on basketball, “High Flyers,” “Mahervellous! The Brett Maher Story” and “A Type of Life” his memoir in the sport. Starting his career at the keyboard as a 15-year-old contributor to South Australia’s weekly “Messenger” newspaper, Nagy secured a cadetship with News Corporation in 1974 and rapidly earnt a reputation for his accuracy, fearlessness and flair, setting a benchmark for those to follow as a 12-time winner of national Basketball Writer of the Year awards. During his working life, he has covered Olympic Games and basketball World Championships, with the unique distinction of seeing every team since the launch of the National Basketball League in 1979 and the Women’s NBL in 1981.
* The story of Indigenous Australian basketball star Patrick ‘Patty’ Mills and his journey in the sport and outside it. A must-read for general sports fans and basketball (NBL and NBA) lovers. Interest in basketball (playing, NBL and the NBA) continues to rise annually in Australia and we have a growing presence in the NBA with record numbers of Australian players.
* Written by award-winning sports writer Boti Nagy, a five-time nominee for Basketball Australia’s Hall of Fame for his contribution to the sport, with a unique and close insight into the sport and its history as well as Patty’s achievements to date.
* The first book to focus on Patty Mills with an overview of his career and leadership position in the Indigenous community—from the Shadows Basketball Club in Canberra to college basketball, the NBA and the Boomers’ historic Tokyo Olympics bronze medal win.
* Available for Father’s Day, the NBA 2022–23 Season commencing October, and for Christmas gifting.
* Coverage in national newspapers, publications and radio including ABC National, 3AW, SEN, Fox Sports, ESPN Australia, Inside Sport and more.