Patty Mills: Snow problems in the big league
In his first blog for NBA Australia, San Antonio's Australian point-guard Patty Mills says getting through the North American winter is one of the tougher challenges he has had to overcome as an NBA player, but he wouldn't be anywhere else in the world right now.

There was the odd cold day in Canberra when I was growing up as a teenager, but nothing like what we just flew into in Toronto.

We left a relatively mild San Antonio this morning and have only just arrived in Toronto ahead of our game against the Raptors.

It is eight degrees and snowing outside, so all I want to do is stay indoors.

That's a huge difference to the conditions I am sure many of you are currently experiencing in Australia, but I suppose that is what we have to deal with as professional NBA players and life on the road.

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We have started the year off really well, but we are not even a quarter of the way through the season so there is a long way to go.

Personally, I am getting more and more confident with each and every game and trying to do the best I can when I get the chance.

Getting in shape and conditioning my body was a big focus for me during the off-season as I really wanted to make more of a contribution this season and so far it has gone well.

But I feel it is just the beginning for me and that I can get better. I also feel I am very lucky to be where I am.

I am only 25, I have future Hall of Fame guys like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to learn off every day and help me develop my game.

They help me grow as an individual and mature as a player, so now I have to focus on maintaining my form and improving every day.

It was great having Brett Brown and Aron Baynes around last season at the Spurs, but Brett has gone on to bigger and better things this year and I am really happy for him.

Aron is a big part of the team and it is always handy having him on my side should an argument arise among my team-mates.

And it is great when there are holidays, like Australia Day, birthdays and Christmas, where we can celebrate together and do the traditional stuff that we like to do back home.

I am obviously very proud to be an Australian and I feel it is important to stay in touch with my national team-mates and I hope to get the chance to represent Australia at a third Olympics in Rio in 2016.

I always check to see how the rest of the other Australians go around the NBA and like to see how my national team-mates perform all around the world.

But my main focus remains with the Spurs and helping them get to the playoffs and go that one step further this season. That would make all the cold road trips to places like Toronto all the more worthwhile.

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