London Diary, Entry 1: Patrick Patterson Prepares for Take Off

Ever wondered what an overseas road trip is really like for an NBA player? Let’s take you to London with Raptors forward Patrick Patterson.

With the team set to face the Magic on January 14 at the O2 Arena, the six-year veteran will serve as the NBPA’s correspondent, providing exclusive and behind-the-scenes content inside his four-day trip. Stay tuned as Patterson will be taking you on a virtual journey on and off the court, including planning to travel, arriving in London, checking out the Chelsea F.C. soccer match and other sites in town, going through game preparation and much more.

Here’s Entry 1, as Patterson, who utilized Snapchat for the videos, gets ready for the trip.

Inside the plane

Patrick’s photo inside first class on the flight.

Watching movie

Patrick tunes into Dragon Ball Z at his seat.

10 Player Highlights Around the Association:

1) For Larry Nance Jr., things didn’t always come easy. Why the Lakers rookie almost quit basketball. (ESPN)

2) A rare, in-depth and revealing interview with DeMarcus Cousins. (SLAM)

3) Making a difference: Omri Casspi continues to make an impact on and off the court in Israel. (Sports Illustrated)

4) Nick Young’s son get his first bucket and the Laker documents it all. (Sports Illustrated)

5) Nearly three months after his overdose, Lamar Odom is released from the hospital. (CBS Sports)

6) After having surgery in October to repair a torn labrum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist says he’s going to play this season. (DIME)

7) Former NBA player Jordan Crawford scores 72 points in China. Click here to watch the highlights. (DIME)

8) Kevin Durant gives sneakers to a 17-year-old fan battling Cystic fibrosis. Click here to read the story. (DIME)

9) DeMar DeRozan wants to spend his entire career in Toronto. All seven of his years in the NBA have been with the Raptors. (NBC Sports)

10) Remembering the late NBA forward John Johnson. He was a member of the 1979 Supersonics championship team. (NBC Sports)


You can follow Patrick on Twitter and Instagram.

Wesley Kaminsky, who’s studying public relations at Temple University, is the NBPA’s Social Media Intern. You can follow him on Twitter.

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