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Not-so-shocking news: Patterson in draft

Posted on: April 23, 2010 3:40 pm

Patrick Patterson finally announced, on his own terms, that he's leaving Kentucky on Friday.

I'd love to know when his "50-50" mind shifted.

Of course, the truth is that he was never 50-50 and that he was always leaving, which is why Kentucky announced weeks ago that he was, you know, leaving -- along with John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe -- to pursue a professional career. So why did Patterson dispute that announcement and insist he remained undecided? Presumably because he wanted his own press conference, which is only strange if you forgot how his commitment to Kentucky was similarly drawn out.

Honestly, whatever.

Have the press conference.

What do I care?

But Patterson and his mother should realize they're the only ones who needed it.
Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2010 2:11 pm
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Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2010 2:09 pm

Not-so-shocking news: Patterson in draft

Either way, I'm not going to convince UK fans to see this my way.

Might as well go argue with my wife about shopping habits if I want to waste my Saturday.

Bottom line, I like Patrick and always found him to be nice and accomodating. I thought he was a great college player, and I'm betting he'll be a really good pro. But I think the way he handled this was beneath him, and so I pointed it out. Never intended for it to turn into this, but it did, and if nothing else I apologize for trying to further explain myself rather than just letting my words from Friday stand alone.

So that's that.

Meanwhile, Oregon has a new coach!

I'm turning my attention that way.

And, seriously, I do appreciate you all going back and forth.

Like I've said many times, I admire the passion.

Since: Sep 30, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2010 2:08 pm

Not-so-shocking news: Patterson in draft

First let me say I have never commented on an aritcle or blog in my life, but on this one I couldn't resist.

Calling Patrick Patterson a liar? Come on Gary, that's a little harsh! Not sure if you have ever met Patrick or his parents but I have and actually know them quite well. Patrick is the kind of kid any school or fanbase in America would love to have representing their University. Patrick is the model for what we call student athletes. On the court and off the court he displayed class. He represented Kentucky with pride and passion. He will leave Kentucky as one of the most beloved players to ever wear the uniform as well as with his degree.  Patrick is the kind of player that loves Kentucky as much as Kentucky loved him. You don't find that in college sports much anymore.

For three years he shared the spotlight, with Jodie Meeks, with John Wall, with Demarcus Cousins. Patrick was never the first player mentioned as a super star when Kentucky was discussed. He was unselfish on the court, putting team first and Patrick second.
So, for one moment in his three years at Kentucky he wanted the spot light, he wanted a press conference, he wanted to tell the fans, the University, his teammates that he was leaving. He deserved that! For one moment in three years he wanted to do somethng for Patrick, not for his team, not for his coaches, not for his fans.....for him and you knock him for that? For one 10 minute span in three years he did something to put himself in the spotlight....again he deserved it!

Since: Apr 24, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2010 2:05 pm

Not-so-shocking news: Patterson in draft

Rational Cat fan here.
This is the first time I have ever posted a comment about anything I have read online. I created an account on here just to do this. So we have a young man who returns for his junior season when he could been a first round pick had he chose to go to the NBA. Boy, that was selfish. He then sees his numbers and exposure take a fall when he has to share, and to a certain extent give up, the spotlight with all the freshmen. He never once complains, show any signs of displeasure or give less than one percent short of 100 every game. All classic signs of selfishness.
You talk about how long he took to commit. Someone has already stated what took place during that time. How could you have expected him to make a proper choice amongst all of that uncertainty? 
He gets hurt toward the end of his freshman season and misses the NCAA tournament. Had to go through the hell that was Gillispie's last season. So what if he wants a press conference. I for one think he more than earned it. 
I had the pleasure of meeting both of his parents at a game in Athens, Ga. during the 08-09 season. Class people all the way. They never turned away from a fan who wanted to shake their hand of just talk basketball for a few seconds, even when ones would do this during the game. So selfish. 
You say it is all about the 50/50 comment. You believe he was never 50/50 or maybe even 20/80. I guess you have plenty of reasons to think he did this all just for himself. 
This is what you chose to write about when it comes to Patterson. Did you really take the time to stop and think about this before you wrote it?? This is the most distasteful, classless pieces of journalism I have ever read. I will never read anything else you write or hear more than one word come out of your mouth. That is all it would take for me to change the channel. Not that you care.  

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:42 pm

Not-so-shocking news: Patterson in draft

I think I've explained why I'm "singling out Pat" at least three times.

But one more time, just for you:

He's the ONLY player who tried to dispute published reports and a release FROM HIS OWN SCHOOL stating he was leaving college early. The only one. And he didn't dispute them because they were wrong. We can debate why he did it. But what's not debatable is that he did it, and he was never 50-50 like he tried to say. So when he comes out saying that the release is wrong and the reports are wrong, it's just like when Kyrie Irving said the reports about him picking Duke were wrong even when they weren't wrong at all. And guess what? I called Irving out for it, too. Google it and you'll find it, I'm sure.

So I'm not singling out Patrick.

If anything, I'm singling out liars.

And, yes, I just called him a liar. Because when he said he was 50-50, he was absolutely lying.

Again, he was NEVER 50-50.

And yet he went about making his own school look like idiots anyway.

Like I said before, that's weak.

Great player.

Terrific student and great dude.

But on this, this specifically, he was wrong.

Since: Apr 24, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:26 pm

Not-so-shocking news: Patterson in draft

Gary did you lose a bet to someone about Pat staying? Only thing I can think of to make you seem so bitter, I mean why are you singling out just Pat?

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:16 pm

Not-so-shocking news: Patterson in draft

I cannot believe you could not take Pat at his word.

Why would I take him at his word when he was lying?

He was never 50-50.


If you believe that, you're believing a lie. And though lots of players say they're undecided when they're not, I thought it was weak to publicly dispute the Kentucky release when the Kentucky release was 100 percent correct. And that's why I wrote what I wrote because it's what I believe.

Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:03 pm

Not-so-shocking news: Patterson in draft

thing thing is genius, there's nothing negative about Patterson

but whatever, like i said, keep talking about UK, and keep us on the tip of your tongue

Since: Apr 24, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2010 12:31 pm

Not-so-shocking news: Patterson in draft

Gary you usually write alot of unbias articles, as well as PRO Kentucky articles but thats why I feel this is out of hand, out of sort for you, I cannot believe you could not take Pat at his word, we do, and that is all that should matter, shouldnt?

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2010 12:05 pm
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