Patty Mills cemented his status as a national treasure by leading Australia to its first ever Olympic medal in a thrilling 107-93 win over Slovenia on Saturday night.
Chosen to carry the flag alongside Cate Campbell at the opening ceremony of his fourth Games, Mills’ standing in Australian sport was already well established. But he added the most important chapter to his legacy by breaking the Boomers’ 65-year drought in Tokyo.
The Aussie men’s team has been trying to win a medal since the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. Four times they’ve played off for bronze and each time they’ve fallen short.
Most recently in Rio five years ago, the Boomers were up with less than 10 seconds remaining but ended up swallowing the bitter pill of a one-point defeat to Spain. Mills wasn’t going to let that happen again this time.
A loss to Team USA knocked Australia out of gold medal contention…