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Pat’s Picks: Gladiator gore

By Patrick Patterson, for

Time for another #PatsPicks movie review! Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to an advance screening of 300: Rise of an Empire. For a movie lover like me, it’s always special to see something before it is actually out in theaters. I had seen the first 300 when it was out and was a big fan, so I was very excited about the sequel.

Walking out of Rise of an Empire, I was satisfied, but let down a little bit. The best things about the second one were the battle scenes — there were a lot more visual effects, slow-motion film, and a lot more blood and gore. The visual effects actually helped make it a lot better of a movie than what it truly was, if you pared it down to just the script and characters.

The storyline was underdeveloped and the characters were a little shallow. I was specifically hoping the sequel would explore more of the character Xerxes from the first movie, get more into his background and where he came from, but there wasn’t much of that. It just went back to the fight scenes and attacking Greece.

Another character they could have done more with was Themistocles, again developing him a little bit more, explaining his family history and digging deeper into his life and the way he is.

The female villain Artemisia felt a little bit forced to me — they needed someone strong, someone nasty and ugly, and it didn’t feel like an organic fit in this instance. I did like that they picked an attractive actress; it added another weapon to her battle arsenal. She wasn’t only a skilled combat warrior, but could also make men want her to their own peril.

Overall I give it a thumbs up, a seven on a scale of one to ten. There were eight years between the two movies, I wish they had done more with the sequel instead of relying on visual effects. 300: Rise of an Empire was a fun movie adventure, but don’t go to the theaters expecting academy-level acting. Go see it if you have the time, but you also won’t lose anything by waiting for the DVD rental.

Patrick Patterson is a forward for the Toronto Raptors. You can follow him on Twitter @pdpatt.

NBA Journal: Patrick Patterson

New Raptor Patrick Patterson takes in the sights at Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto.

New Raptor Patrick Patterson takes in the sights at Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto.

by Patrick Patterson, for

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.

Skyline view of "really cold" Toronto.

Skyline view of “really cold” Toronto.

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.

Until the next post, follow me on Twitter and Instagram @pdpatt.

Player Diary: Patrick Patterson

VIDEO: Patterson on the Kings at media day

By Patrick Patterson, Sacramento Kings, for

Summer Highlights



I felt great going into training camp after an amazing summer where I had the opportunity to travel to Spain and the island of Ibiza for about 10 days with some friends. We rented a beach house and enjoyed the perfect weather and the ocean – the water is the color of an Aquafina water bottle! One day we rented a boat, and I saw some of the biggest yachts I’ve ever seen in my life, like the kind you see on TV. Some of them even had helicopter landing pads! The food was great, and we ate seafood almost every single day. One restaurant on the island literally brought us fish on ice, and once you selected the fish you wanted, they would go cook it for you. Some days we missed American food, though, so checked out their KFC one night. Not only did they have chicken, but they also had sushi, pizza and pasta on the regular menu. The sushi was pretty weird if you ask me. And then another night we went to Burger King, and there was music playing and about 50 people dancing in the middle of the restaurant having a good time. So that was a new experience for us!

One of the highlights of our trip was seeing some great DJs who were out there performing. Famous DJs from all over the world, including David Guetta, Amici, Afrojack and Ghost, performed at different venues almost each night we were there. They play electronic/house music, which isn’t typically the kind of music I listen to, but it was a lot of fun to see them live. And we met a lot of interesting people from all over Europe.

Another great part of the summer was the Kentucky Alumni Charity Game. It was really special seeing my former teammates and being able to put on that Kentucky jersey in the Rupp Arena, where I hadn’t been in five years or so. Playing alongside some Kentucky legends, seeing all the fans … it brought back great memories of college basketball. And it benefitted some great charities. It was a lot of fun, and I hope we can do events like that together more often.

When I wasn’t vacationing or spending time with my family, I was training in Santa Barbara, which is about six hours from Sacramento. I worked out twice a day and was really focused on creating one-on-one scoring opportunities, improving my abilities around the basket, and I constantly worked on my jump shot and rebounding. I lived across the street from the beach, so I spent time out by the pool and beach and ate all kinds of Mexican food.

On The Move
After living in a hotel for the second half of last season, I finally moved in to an apartment and I’m still in the process of getting settled. Some of my stuff is put away, but there’s a bunch of items and clothes still in boxes … and more things en route. It will probably be another month or so before the apartment is finished. It took some time to get familiar with my surroundings, but now I know my way around pretty well. Luckily for me – a Chipotle addict – there’s a Chipotle a couple blocks away. I’ve been eating there every other day.

Back In Action
At the start of a new season, I always set new personal and team goals.  This is the first full season I am in Sacramento, and we are focused on a winning record and putting ourselves in a positive situation heading in to the end of the season and playoffs.  Personally, I am focused on my game getting better, becoming stronger in my role, and really helping my team succeed and achieve our goals.

The team has come together really well this year with great chemistry and strong relationships off the court.  We are always joking around and hangout with each other outside the gym.  I am really thankful to have my former Kentucky teammate DeMarcus Cousins on the team with me — he’s like my little brother.  It’s great to have that comfort of having a friend around and it’s just like old times for us.  Now the team just needs to translate that chemistry to the court so we can play better for each other and for our fans.  We have a strong core and a great nucleus of players and coaches, so I am confident that we will be successful.

Speaking of the fans, they have been showing so much support for us here in Sacramento.  They are at every single game, screaming and cheering as loud as they can.  Just this week the fans broke the Guinness World Record for Loudest Crowd Roar at an Indoor Stadium! It was so loud I had trouble hearing what coach was saying.

VIDEO: Kings fans get loud

Patrick’s Pick
Since I’m a pretty big movie buff, I thought it would be cool to recommend a different movie each time I blog. Hope you like my picks!

My first recommendation is “Man on Fire” starring Denzel Washington. It’s my all-time favorite movie! It’s an emotional movie with a great storyline, and overall, it’s a masterpiece. It was impactful on the film industry, as well as Denzel’s career, and it’s a must-see.

I’ll be doing a lot of Tweeting this season, so make sure to follow me @pdpatt.