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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Patrick Patterson Edition

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Patrick Patterson pens a letter to the incoming NBA Draft class, and boy, is it ever special. Rather than describing it, I’m going to give you a tiny taste, but trust me when I tell you that you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t read the whole thing:

The thing I can’t preach enough is patience. I’ll tell you right now that you’re not going to get as much playing time as you think you should. If you’re drafted high and you don’t get that playing time, you tend to get mad at the world. You may work hard for a period of time, but it won’t last. You’ll lose that focus and ultimately that mindset that made you successful enough to make it to the NBA.

You might think you’re too good to be sitting on anybody’s bench, but try to get that ego in check. Otherwise, you’ll stop showing effort in practice, which will lead to even less playing time. Then, when you actually are put in game situations, you won’t feel prepared because you haven’t been practicing at the highest level. Finally, when your first contract is up and you haven’t proven anything, no other team is going to want you. This is the cycle so many young guys fall into.

Patrick is talking to you like a Dutch uncle, rooks. Read it. Believe it. Live it or change your dream.

I want to point out right here that everybody on UK’s team right now, especially Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins, need to read this letter. Then read it again, and maybe a third time for good measure.

This letter is the truth. If you want it, go earn it and stop living in a world of self-entitlement, because trust me, you’re the only inhabitant of that world.

Hat tip: Kentucky Sports Radio.

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