Monday, June 11, 2012

Patrick Patterson Sets Lofty Goals for Next Season

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson is recovering from planned postseason ankle surgery.

He said in a recent interview that he is feeling great and looking forward to getting ready for next season.

Patterson, who averaged 7.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in his first two NBA seasons, has set some lofty goals for 2012-13. He hopes to average 13 and 7, help the Rockets reach the NBA playoffs and win the league's Most Improved Player honor.

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"I feel great," Patterson said. "I got the surgery out of the way. I have this month, next month, the whole (summer) camp, the whole preseason camp to prepare. I should be back to my rookie form and better."

Patterson made 55.8 percent of his shots as a rookie, showing quickness and explosiveness at the rim and on defense. But in his second season, he was largely a jump shooter, making 44 percent.

According to, he made 61.4 percent of his attempts inside 10 feet as a rookie. Last season, he made just 47.8 percent of his attempts inside, with five fewer dunks in 12 more games.

"I procrastinated so long with the surgery last year, and then … not doing the things I needed to do to prepare myself for the season last year, I think that took a toll on me," Patterson said

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