Murray counting on Spurs fans to show love for Mills

Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray wants Patty Mills to receive the warmest of welcomes when he returns to the AT&T Center on Friday for the first time as a member of the Brooklyn Nets.

“It better be loud,” Murray said. “San Antonio better come out and show their appreciation for him.”

The Spurs rank 28th in the 30-team NBA in home attendance, drawing an average of 14,160 fans over 22 games, according to ESPN. A crowd of 11,848 witnessed Wednesday’s 118-96 win over Oklahoma City two days after a season-low crowd of 10,422 viewed Monday’s 121-107 loss to Phoenix.

With the beloved Mills in town, the Spurs could have one of their best gatherings of the season. Their largest home crowd this season came on Oct. 26, when 18,354 were on hand for an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Mills signed a two-year, $12 million contract in August after 10 seasons with the Spurs, a run that included serving as a key reserve on the team’s 2014 NBA championship team. He played in 665 games for the Silver & Black, the seventh-most in franchise history, and ranks second in career 3-point field goals made behind Manu Ginobili and first all-time in free throw accuracy at 86 percent.


Patty Mills spent 10 seasons in San Antonio and championed the Spurs’ culture and immersed himself in the…

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