Patrick Patterson looks to show off new skills and versatility this season

Patrick Patterson - photo by Tammie Brown |
Patrick Patterson – photo by Tammie Brown |

Despite the injury to veteran forward Carl Landry, ‘s mindset hasn’t changed. Not one bit.

The 24-year-old veteran continues to take the same steadfast approach he hopes will earn him a starting nod with the Sacramento Kings.

“I’m just as hungry as I was before and I’m (just as) determined as I was before,” Patterson said yesterday when asked if Landry’s injury has raised his sense of urgency in his position battle at power forward.  ”(I’m) gonna concentrate on doing the things that I need to do in order to solidify that position for myself.”

Patterson wants to start for this team. But more importantly, he wants to play. The former Wildcat knows that even with Landry’s extended absence, playing time will come at a premium because of the Kings’ depth on the frontline. His main competition for minutes at power forward is sixth-year veteran Jason Thompson, but head coach Michael Malone may look to Travis Outlaw, Luc Mbah a Moute and Chuck Hayes, too.

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