If Saturday was a sign of what she can expect in her first year in Brooklyn, Patty Mills can’t wait.
The new Nets guard was impressed by the atmosphere of Saturday’s public workout, with an overflowing crowd at picturesque Brooklyn Bridge Park.
“It’s such a fun environment to be in,” Mills said. “With the fresh air, the clear view, the music, I’m really enjoying it.”
The annual event included many fan gifts, such as miniature basketballs, T-shirts and autographs of Nets players. The Brooklyn Nets dance team, Team Hype and the Brooklyn Nets Beats Drumline performed prior to the Nets’ arrival. The team shot around, played a game of knockout, and staged a dance contest featuring rookies Cam Thomas, De’Ron Sharpe, Kessler Edwards and David Duke Jr.
“It’s probably the best place you can probably have an open practice in the world,” head coach Steve Nash told the crowd during a brief on-court interview about the upcoming season.
Mills got a kick out of the day and did some tricks for the crowd. But he did not perform well in the knockout match. He may work on it next year.
“I’m not a good outdoor shooter, I’ve realized,” he said with a smile. “I need to come clean on that.”
The only Nets player who was not present was veteran forward Paul Milsap. He is currently in the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.