Hawks’ Lamar Patterson wants his pet alligator to sit on Atlanta’s bench (Video)

Mar 19, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers forward Lamar Patterson addresses the media about his pet alligator. Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Patterson was a late second round pick and after only playing for two years at the University of Pittsburgh, it is not a surprise that he is not well known even among die hard NBA-heads. Patterson has been producing at Summer League however, averaging 10.5 points in 33 minutes in the Hawks first two games. His scoring and shooting is exactly why the Hawks traded for Patterson after the Milwaukee Bucks picked him 48th overall, from the Hawks website:

“Danny Ferry liked Patterson’s ability to space the floor and said he would fit in well with the Hawks because of his shooting and his willingness and ability to pass the ball. Ferry noted Patterson having a high basketball IQ and that he knew how to play basketball, something he also said was a factor in taking Payne.”

During the regular season, Patterson may not get many minutes coming off the bench for the Hawks but that seems alright with him since he hopes to have his pet alligator on the bench next to him:

Most NBA arenas don’t allow any animals if they are not a service animal, so let’s hope Lamar Patterson’s alligator is a registered service animal because let’s face it that would be awesome.

Ananth Pandian

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