Patrick Patterson is one of over a dozen former Wildcats to make his way into the NBA’s “bubble” in Orlando, Florida. It’s a totally unique situation – there’s never been a postseason done like this in the history of the sport, and unless you’re actually inside the bubble, it’s hard to imagine it. That’s why The Ringer’s talked with Patterson to nail down what life locked inside Disney World is really all about.
Their Q-and-A discussion covers a wide range of topics throughout the article, but perhaps the best part of the interview comes when Uggetti asks Patterson how he was able to actually pack for the trip. Patterson – who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, a title contender – had to be prepared for every scenario, including a very long stay.
“I tried to pack for, I would say, all the way to the championship. We play what, eight games? Regular season, couple exhibition games, the playoff games. So just try to calculate in my mind how many games that would be, have an outfit for each and every one of those situations. Then again, have a backup outfit as well. So times that by two. Ultimately, just laid out a bunch of outfits on the bed, matching shorts, sweaters, T-shirts, sweatpants, shoes, socks, each and every outfit. Thankfully, my wife is a tremendous packer. She reminds me of Tetris. She’s able to put pieces to a puzzle in perfectly so that it fits and you can have the maximum amount of room.
So I laid every outfit out possible that I could think of that’s in my closet, and she literally just threw it in about three to four suitcases. That was it. So I’m just lugging about four suitcases, a book bag, and a duffel bag of personal items and then I loaded that into the truck.”
If you’ve ever paid attention to what the players wear in and out of their games, you know how seriously a lot of guys take this. Add in their workout clothes and clothes for their “free time” in their hotels, and there are a ton of combinations of clothing items they might need. How many articles of clothing did Patterson pack?
“Counting shirts, we’ll say tops, bottoms, shorts, pants, sweats, etcetera, socks, underwear — man, I’ll say at least over 100 [articles of clothing], 100 to 200, somewhere in that range.”
In the article, Patterson also weighs in on the food pictures that have been going viral since the NBA’s stars began arriving in Orlando. Patterson doesn’t think their options have been as bad as some of the players have made them out to be – it’s all about the presentation. Plus, most of those meals came during the players’ 36-hour total isolation period, while they were all waiting for coronavirus test results.
“I can’t honestly see us having gourmet, five-star meals as we’re quarantined in the room. Last night, the first meal wasn’t that bad, barbecue chicken, some halibut, asparagus, rosemary roasted potatoes, a salad, some type of mayonnaise mac and cheese. I don’t know what that was. Some fruit and some bread. Wasn’t that bad. It was fine. There’s worse things to eat in this world. This morning, some fruit, some eggs, some oatmeal, an apple, some yogurt, and a couple potatoes.
So it’s not bad. It’s the way that it’s presented, I feel, which is bad. People see it in these small containers, these plastic boxes. Someone said Fyre Festival 2.0. That’s kind of what it looks like, but if they literally threw it on a plate, warmed it up, threw it on a tray, had someone wheel it in on a cart, it would look 10 times better. So I just think the way that they have it in the boxes and everything makes it look like, “What is this? What are we eating?”
Patterson also dishes on how he’s staying busy (including which books and movies he hopes to read and watch during his off days), if he struggled to make the decision to join his teammates in the bubble, what the testing is like and how he mentally prepared to be isolated for up to three months.
For all of that, check out the full story here.