Ruben Patterson 'frustrated' but 'positive'
Jan. 25-30, 2002
Trail Blazers small forward Ruben Patterson says he is "very" frustrated "but I've been positive. … I can deal with it," as he comes off the bench after being a starter. The Blazers, under first-year Portland coach Maurice Cheeks, are 9-2 in their last 11 games. Scottie Pippen is starting at small forward, and Bonzi Wells is the starting shooting guard. In recent games, Patterson's playing time has been four minutes, 33, six and 27. The 6-5 Patterson, a registered sex offender in Oregon who entered a modified plea last May to third-degree rape charges, is making $4.5 million for the 2001-02 season, after signing a six-year, $34 million contract.
• Some of his teammates are upset because Blazers forward Rasheed Wallace didn't make the NBA Western Conference All-Star Game team. "I could care less," Wallace says, meaning he couldn't care less. He says he doesn't mind not having to play, even though the game is in his hometown of Philadelphia. "Hell, no. They just freed me for the weekend to party," he says.