Aussie NBA players Patty Mills and Aron Baynes will bring the championship trophy to Brisbane this weekend.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will welcome Patty and Aron to King George Square at 11:30am on Saturday 19 July. Not only will fans have a chance to meet their heroes up close, they’ll also be able to see the NBA championship trophy in person.
“This is the first time the NBA championship trophy, otherwise known as the Larry O’Brien Trophy, has been outside of the United States, so this is a special chance for Brisbane fans to see the trophy in person,” Cr Quirk said.
“Fans will also have the opportunity to celebrate with Patty and Aron and chat to them about their international success.
“Each of the nine San Antonio Spurs players born outside of the US had the opportunity to take the NBA championship trophy to their home countries, and this is a wonderful opportunity for Brisbane fans to support our international sporting heroes.
“The presentation will begin at 11:30am with a demonstration from Basketball QLD, followed by speeches, a question and answer session, then photos with fans. I encourage Brisbane residents to visit King George Square on Saturday to congratulate our home-grown heroes on their NBA championship win.”
Brisbane is one of six stops on the trophy’s national tour, which began in Melbourne on Wednesday. The players will travel to Baynes’ hometown of Cairns on Sunday and wrap up the tour in Mills’ ancestral Torres Strait Islands on Monday.
Earlier this week, Mills, Baynes and the NBA championship trophy ambushed a live cross by Fox Sports reporter Julian de Stoop, who mistook them for rowdy Collingwood fans.