Kentucky coach John Calipai has been finding a way to get freshmen DeMarcus Cousins and Daniel Orton on the court at the same time. On order to do so, junior Patrick Patterson has sacrificed his time on the floor to accommodate Calipari’s wishes.
Following Kentucky’s win over Alabama, Patterson was fine with a move that had Cousins and Orton on the floor at the same time for most of the second half.
“I do not mind it,” said Patterson, who scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds against the Crimson Tide. “I am fine with it. Coach Calipari has been talking about that all year. He has told me I have to find ways to get the playing time together. So far whenever they have been in the game at the same time they have played well and fed off of each other’s energy. I am perfectly fine with them both getting more minutes, even if they are my minutes.”
Patterson has always been known as a team player, but his willingness to give up his own time on the floor for the benefit of the team is indicative of the kind of person Patterson is both on and off the court.