Markazi: Clippers' Patrick Patterson connects with fans through movie nights

Clippers power-forward Patrick Patterson is said to have been in Detroit on Friday night. His team was scheduled to take down the Pistons on their last multi-game road trip of the season. Instead, he sat on his couch and hosted a virtual movie night.

Patterson, who is currently working to open a production company and become a film producer, has been hosting film screenings for fans since joining the Toronto Raptors (2013-17). He took the tradition with him when he played for the Oklahoma City Thunder (2017-19) and now plans to make it a weekly Friday night tradition as Clipper suspended the NBA season and ordered much of the country to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It started as a way to just communicate with fans off the field and away from basketball, and it carried me everywhere,” said Patterson. “Now, during this lockdown, I’m just trying to keep in touch with fans and watch movies.”

As he has done in the past, Patterson placed on his Twitter and Instagram says he organized a movie night and instructed anyone who wanted to come with him to comment on or comment on his post.

Patterson’s ‘Pat Presents’ movie screenings were held in a theater he rented with seating capacity, forcing him to choose winners through a competition. His Friday night virtual screenings are hosted on the Netflix Party extension, which allows Patterson to invite anyone he wants. He can play, pause and rewind the movie and chat with fans before, during and after the movie.

He screened “Good Time” on Friday, a 2017 crime thriller starring Robert Pattinson, and was involved with about 40 fans accompanying him from Toronto, Vancouver, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.

“I choose movies that I haven’t seen and I thought most people haven’t seen them, so we can watch it together and talk about it for the first time,” said Patterson. “People are more familiar with recent movies, so I’m trying to throw out a variety.”

Patterson grew up in Huntington, W.V. and went to the movies with his parents at least once a week. Then he would watch a movie at home every Sunday evening. His collection of VHS tapes has been replaced by subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, YouTube TV and Disney +. If there is a streaming service with movies and shows, Patterson probably has an account.

“I watch everything,” said Patterson. “You name it, I have it at home. Now that all the cinemas are closed and the new releases have been postponed, I catch up on movies and shows with my wife at home. We are currently flying through TV shows and movies. “

As much as Patterson likes to watch movies, he planned to catch up on everything he wanted to see this summer, not amid what the scope of the NBA season would be. On his way to the third week of NBA games being postponed indefinitely, he’s just trying to stay in shape between his binges.

Clippers striker Patrick Patterson guards Portland Trail Blazers striker Carmelo Anthony during a game on December 3.

(Katharine Lotze / Getty Images)

“It’s difficult,” said Patterson. “I occasionally run to random places in LA near where I live. I try to find some hills that I can run up and down to keep my fitness level. Our training staff sent us a lot of stuff, so i have stupid bells, ladders and boxes i put everything i need in our garage i work there every other day and go running and jogging every other day just trying to keep my body in the best shape that it may have when we start over. “

No one knows when or if the NBA season will resume, but Patterson is eager to see what the post-season Clippers can do with a rested and healthy Kawhi Leonard and Paul George after the team manages both players’ workloads in order to the playoffs.

“I hope we start the season again,” said Patterson. “We are all waiting for the NBA to make a statement and let us know what is happening. The most important thing, of course, is to make sure everyone is safe during this COVID-19 pandemic, but we hope the season will start again this year, be it summer or later. We just want to end the season. “

Patterson agreed to a buyout with Oklahoma City last August and agreed to a one-year deal with the Clippers. It was a move that was as much inspired by what he could do off the course as by his skills on the field.

“It was a great opportunity to put myself in a position to do what I want to do outside of basketball when my career is over,” said Patterson. “Now is the perfect time for me to be here in LA. I’ve met a few people in the industry, held meetings and lunches, and exchanged emails. I want to do this when I’m done playing. Basketball is the most important thing but while I’m here, I want to take this opportunity to be here in LA, where many filmmakers and creative people live. “

While Patterson waits for the fate of the NBA season, he plans to watch many movies and shows while working on his first foray into entertainment.

“In the perfect world, I’d love to work on a project and spread it while I’m still in the NBA,” Patterson said. “That would be great. Right now, I’m creating a production company and we have a few scripts we’ve read and brainstorming ideas. That’s hard to do during the season, but we have some time now, so we’ll see what happens. But I’d like to know something while I’m still in the league. “

Pat’s choices:

Movies: “Looper”, “Forgot Sarah Marshall”, “Se7en”, “It Follows”, “Outbreak”

TV shows: “Ozark”, “Altered Carbon”, “The Outsider”, “Kingdom”, “Peaky Blinders”

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