‘What could go wrong?’: Mills, JT Vegas plan hatched

‘What could go wrong?’: Mills, JT Vegas plan hatched

Aussie NBA superstar Patty Mills has vowed to do whatever it takes to make it to Las Vegas to see his beloved Brisbane Broncos take on the Roosters next March.

And a budding bromance with Johnathan Thurston could make that happen.

The Atlanta Hawks point guard was at the Broncos preliminary final against the Warriors at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, but will this week return to Atlanta ahead of the start of the NBA season.

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Talking to Thurston on Nine after the game, Mills said he had been following the Broncos’ journey all season.

“It’s so good to be here at Suncorp – a prelim to get in the GF, boys were unreal, it’s a great feeling being here,” he said.

Johnathan Thurston and NBA Superstar Patty Mills at the Broncos-Warriors NRL Preliminary final. (Nine)

“I was born in 1988 just like the Broncos and I’ve been riding the wave ever since. 

“A lot of ups and downs, this is such a proud moment this year has been for me watching from afar this year, so to be here in person is awesome, it’s great.”

When cameras found Mills in a Suncorp Stadium box late in the clash, Mills slapped the Broncos logo on his jersey and gestured to the crowd, drawing a massive cheer.

Mills, who won the 2014 NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs, said it was “unfortunate” he would miss the grand final, he vowed he would be watching.

“It means so much to be here tonight but I’ll definitely be up for the grand final,” he told Thurston.

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Patty Mills at the Broncos-Warriors NRL Preliminary final. (Nine)

The NRL is taking two games of round one of the 2024 season to Vegas, where the Sea Eagles and Rabbitohs will form the other leg of a doubleheader at Allegiant Stadium – the home ground of NFL side the Las Vegas Raiders.

And Mills promised he would do all he can to be there.

“Looking forward to next year actually, if I can get to Vegas and watch the boys … I’m going to find a way to be there, that’s for sure,” he said.

“Up the Broncs!”

As the interview ended, the pair – who are both proud Indigenous men – gave each other a hug.

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“Johnathan and Patrick on the strip, what could possibly go (wrong) … alright you two enough of the bromance,” Nine presenter James Bracey joked.

But for Mills to make it to the Broncos clash in Vegas, he would have to miss an NBA clash.

Mills’ Hawks are scheduled to be in New York that week, where they will play two games against the Brooklyn Nets, the second of which is scheduled for 3pm local time on March 2.

Given the NRL has said the doubleheader will be in a Sunday morning timeslot for Australian viewers, that means Mills could well be on the court at the same time as the Broncos.

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