by Patrick Patterson, for NBA.com
Life has been busy since I last checked in with you all. My NBA season began in Sacramento, but I am writing now as a Toronto Raptor! Going through a trade and relocating mid-season is a challenge, but I am very excited about where I am.
There were a number of guys at my position on the Kings roster, and I felt like one of the guys who was currently injured would be the go to when he came back, so I was aware of the possibility of being traded. I also had been hearing rumors about Toronto wanting to move Rudy Gay and had been reading about possible trades online. I was at the movies with my mom when I received the call from my agent and life got busy from that moment.
I first had to go to the practice facility and grab the things I needed from my locker, like my shoes and a couple of t-shirts. Then I had to go back to my apartment and pack up everything so I could move. Clothes were the hardest to pack because it was nice and warm in Sacramento in the winter, and I was headed to Toronto where it was already really cold. All of my winter clothes were in my house in Houston so I had to have them shipped to Toronto. I ended up heading to the airport with about three or four suitcases to fly across country to start the next stage of my career. Luckily, Chuck Hayes and John Salmons were on the flight with me so I wasn’t traveling alone.
As soon as I stepped off the plane, I could see the snow and feel the cold. There were some people from the Raptors waiting to meet us, we did a few quick videos so the fans could get to know us, and then the transition in Toronto really began.
I have been living in a hotel as most traded players do right after a trade. We are lucky as NBA players in so many ways, including that we usually eat as a team before and after every practice and game, so I haven’t had to worry too much about cooking. Plus, there are a couple of restaurants around our hotel that are easy spots to go to and even a grocery store, so I can just walk downstairs if I need anything. For the past couple of days I’ve been looking at apartments and think I have found a new place to call home.
Toronto is a great city – I had no idea it was the fourth largest city in North America. The people here are great and have been extremely nice. I have been trying to explore as much as I can but the winter here is brutal! People rave about the spring and especially the summer, how lively the city becomes, so I am definitely looking forward to that.
Transitioning to a new team can sometimes be tough, but this whole process has gone really smoothly. I already feel comfortable in the system and have the faith and confidence of the coaches and teammates. An added plus is that I’m around a great bunch of guys including a few fellow Kentucky alums like our head coach, so it’s nice to be around the Kentucky brotherhood again.
One of the coolest things about the trade is that the Raptors were playing in Washington D.C. very soon after I joined the team, and that is where my mom’s side of the family is from. I haven’t seen some of them in a long time so I just really wanted to play my best. When the game was over, I could hear people yelling down the hallway and I already knew it was them. I turned the corner and there were about 30 – 35 of my family members grabbing my teammates for pictures as they walked by, and they went into a big uproar when they saw me. Just to be able to see them and play well for them meant so much to me.
Here’s my #Patspicks Movie Review!
This week I saw “Paranormal Activity: Marked Ones”, and I have to say, it was a pretty big letdown. I was expecting it to be scarier with more chilling moments that had you on the edge of your seat. There were so many times in the first three movies where you wanted to close your eyes, but you were still so interested in what was happening next. In this one, I felt like there were certain times when they were trying to do too much instead of just keeping it simple. The demon and spirits in this one also seemed more geared towards a teenage audience. I wish they had just stuck to the formula from the previous movies because I really liked those.
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