OKC Thunder: Paul George takes kids fishing, Patrick Patterson hosts movie night

OKC Thunder Paul George. (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKC Thunder Paul George. (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images) /

In the latest OKC Thunder community outreach events star Paul George takes kids fishing and Patrick Patterson goes to the movies.

Early struggles for the OKC Thunder yields concern, but getting off the court and in the community might be a much-needed break from the drama. With a three-day break in the schedule, Paul George and Patrick Patterson made the most of it on Monday.

The day started with a trip to Lake Arcadia, where Paul George took 50 fourth graders from Cesar Chavez Elementary School for a day of fishing. George has been an avid fisherman his entire life and already hosted several fishing outings since his move to Oklahoma City. His celebrity fishing tournament in August was the second of what will be an annual event and was a big hit with the fans.

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The Oklahoma City community has a special relationship with the team, as the the only professional sports team in the state. It’s the close-knit relationship with the fans which may have been one of the deciding factors in keeping Paul George from signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Patterson host another movie night:

Patrick Patterson followed up with his “Pat Presents” event where he shares a movie he’s fond of.  Fans gathered at Harkins Theatre in Oklahoma City for a chance to meet Patterson, Andre Roberson and Abdel Nader, and get an early viewing of the movie “Hunter Killer.” Patterson hinted towards more Pat Presents to come, specifically stating it’s the “first of the season.”

Like George with fishing, Patterson’s love for movie dates back to his childhood when he went to the movie theater on a weekly basis. Patterson held an impromptu movie night with fans in July, surprising fans on social media with an open invitation for a viewing of the movie “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

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Given the phrasing of his latest Instagram post, it seems Patterson has an interest in making this an ongoing event.