Australian Boomers star Patty Mills. Photo: Mick Connolly
Canberra star Patty Mills says the Boomers should view anything less than a World Cup medal as failure, insisting the side can develop into an international ''powerhouse''.
The point guard said the Boomers can no longer tolerate making up the numbers in major tournaments and were ready to strike after four years of rebuilding.
While the Boomers have yet to win a World Cup or Olympic medal, their female counterparts, the Opals, are perennial podium finishers.
Mills will play for Australia in Canberra for the first time in game two of the Oceania championship series against New Zealand on August 18.
The Boomers finished seventh at last year's London Olympics, but Mills is confident they can break their medal drought in next year's World Cup in Spain.
''That's got to be our mentality. It's the one we had in London and it has to be the mentality in every tournament we play in,'' Mills said.
''Whether it's the next world championships or the Olympics, our goal has got to be to win a medal.
''There's no point going into tournaments just to compete … we have to believe we can do it.
''Deep down inside, I think we can get to that point at some stage in the near future.''
The Oceania series is a double-header alongside the Opals, and is the first assignment for new Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis after he replaced Brett Brown. Brown is an assistant coach at Mills' National Basketball Association outfit San Antonio Spurs, and they enjoy a close relationship.
But Mills backed Lemanis, who guided the New Zealand Breakers to the last three National Basketball League championships, to continue Brown's legacy.
''I can't say enough personally for what Brett has done for me personally and our team,'' Mills said.
''He came in after the Beijing Olympics and said this is our unit, we're going to start from scratch and build this team, try and form a powerhouse.
''A new coach doesn't change a thing. He's going to keep building and it's going to be the same system and style the boys are used to. It's time for us to achieve some long-term goals we've been chasing for a while now.''
Mills is one of six London Olympians to be named for the two-game series against New Zealand, which begins in Auckland on August 14.
The 24-year-old was part of the Spurs outfit that went down 4-3 to Miami in a thrilling NBA finals series.
It was a dream for Mills to play in an NBA decider, but so is the opportunity to play at AIS Arena for the first time.
He is fully fit after a toe injury that sidelined him for the back end of the NBA finals.
''I couldn't be more excited,'' Mills said. ''I've never played in the palace [AIS Arena] before. This is huge for basketball in Canberra.
''People there have been waiting for something like this for some time and we have to make sure we deliver for them.''