Rockets hand Patrick NBA role
Ex-Bermuda basketball international David Patrick is now working in the NBA as a recruit scout after being headhunted by the Houston Rockets.
Patrick, 34, had previously served as an assistant coach at the St.Mary's Gaels for four seasons and helped them reach the 'Sweet 16' in this year's NCAA tournament.
In a recent interview with AussieHoopsAmerica.com, he said: “It's been a worldwide tour but I'm glad to have ended up where I have,” he said.
“Houston is a place that does things outside of the box and I think that's why I was attractive for them.
“I got a call from the Rockets and they wanted to know if I was interested in moving onto their management side and working as a scout.
“My job is to evaluate college players who might fit into our system or NBA players who we may want to trade for.”
“It's a fun time if you love hoops, all I get to do is watch bastketball and evaluate. It's something I love to do and what better place to do it than the NBA, the best league in the world.”
The former Saltus Grammar School student, started coaching in 2005 following four years of playing professionally overseas including spells at the Camberra Cannons in Australia between 1999-2001.
In his debut season for the Cannons, he was named the National Basketball League Rookie of the Year.
He then joined the Chester Jets of England's British Basketball League for the 2001-02 season where he earned Second-Team All-League honours.
His final professional season was spent in Spain as a member of Alcora of the LEB1 League in 2002-03.
Patrick, who also assisted with the Australia national team last summer, spent one season at Syracuse University where he was a member of the 1996 NCAA Final Four team that finished as the national runner-up.
He then transferred to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where he was the point guard from 1997-2000. Patrick graduated from Louisiana-Lafayette in 2000 with a degree in criminal justice.
Earlier this month the Rockets sent Patrick to Australia to scout Melbourne Tigers pair Luke Nevill and Eric Devendorf.
The Houston Rockets play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference.