Patrick Patterson: I Want To Be The Starter
It’s been especially tough for Patterson, since the Rockets added quite a few players at his position as they were trying to collect assets for a potential Dwight Howard trade. Donatas Motiejunas has joined the team, Terrence Jones, Royce White, and Marcus Morris are all considered power forwards (at least part of the time) by the Rockets’ coaching staff, and as of today they are all still on the team. Patterson likes the competition, but believes he should be the starter on opening night.
“Yeah, you always want to play alongside the best people that you can as a team,” says Patterson. “We’ve got a lot of competition at the four, we’ve got a lot of fours, we have a lot of people who can pretty much play on the court, a lot of guys who can use their skills to help this team out in anyway possible. For me, personally, I want to be the starting four, so I’m going to do whatever it takes in order for that to happen. So I’ve got to work hard everyday in practice, be the first one here and the last one to leave, and just show the coaches that I deserve it.”