• Patty Mills was part of a full-strength San Antonio NBA line-up for the first time this season. (AAP)
Proud Indigenous basketballer Patty Mills wears his pride on his feet.
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3 Jan 2018 - 3:10 PM  UPDATED 3 Jan 2018 - 3:19 PM

San Antonio Spurs basketball player Patty Mills has shown off sporting wear celebrating Mabo Day in a show of cultural and political pride.

“It was Under Armour’s idea. It’s all a part of who I am, and being a proud representation of my culture. It’s pretty special,” Mills told sports Journalist Nick Metallinos who later tweeted about it.

 "I asked Patty if this shoe was just a P.E. or if it will get a wider release: “Just for me. We’ll see what we can do in Australia, but I think it’ll do well, so we’ll see,” he added.

Mills' father is a Torres Strait islander and his mother is an Aboriginal woman from South Australia. His mother is a victim of the Stolen generations. 

The 29-year-old has played in the NBA since 2009, and with the Spurs since 2012. 

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In 2014 Mills was moved to tears when his coach Gregg Popovich who asked the team to help Mills celebrate Mabo Day on June 3 around the time of that year's finals.

“It was unbelievable,” Mills told the San Antonio Express News.

“I had no idea Pop was going to do it. I had no idea he even knew about (Mabo Day), but for him to bring that up in a meeting before the NBA Finals, just to give everyone a heads-up, was very special.”

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