Patty Mills reveals how an in-depth basketball conversation with Kevin Durant convinced him to become a Nets player this offseason.
If there’s one consistent theme in KD-related stories, it’s just about how much of a ‘hooper’ he is. The phrase ‘hooper’ is something really tough for people who haven’t played competitive, organized basketball with any kind of stakes.
There’s a playground-type, experimental feel to the way KD operates on the basketball floor. He plays at his own serene pace, because there are very few things that a defensive scheme can throw at him to take away his cheat code shooting.
But what’s so great about Kevin Durant is that he does a lot more than he gets credit for. People like to shoehorn him into a ‘volume score’ archetype, whereas in reality, he’s about as complete a basketball player as you could design on NBA 2K.
All of this became apparent to true basketball fans who watch the NBA for the sport and not for the drama when he sacrificed personal stats at Golden State and catalyzed two dominant championship runs.
Patty Mills raves about how Kevin Durant approaches basketball
Despite KD’s heroics, he ultimately fell at the Conference Semifinals hurdle to Giannis and the Bucks. The Brooklyn Nets found, to their cost, that sometimes whatever can go wrong will indeed go wrong.
So they’ve gone and picked up something they missed when Harden and Kyrie went down – a perimeter shot-creator. In Patty Mills, they have one of the league’s most incandescent, dangerous offensive players when he gets going.
Patty recently spoke to Nets reporter Brian Lewis regarding how Kevin Durant recruited him to Brooklyn. According to the Boomers legend:
“The conversation that I had with Kevin [Durant] was so pure and so genuine, being able to understand that he’s such a pure hooper.”
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) August 26, 2021
Mills also revealed his fascination with Steve Nash during the latter’s playing career and how he idolized the 2-time MVP.