The thing that interests me about Mark Deeks is that he even exists.
Imagine spending a dozen hours or more a day researching and watching the NBA in a country where the games come on at midnight and end at 7 a.m. and basketball is so disregarded that your home country cut the funding for its Olympic team. That should give you an idea of how unusual Deeks’s rise to prominence is.
He’s a self-made, self-employed lay-expert in the most confusing and misunderstood area of a sport that is barely more than a fringe curiosity in his home country. Somehow, Deeks, originally from “a small village in the English countryside that no one has ever heard of,” has managed to cultivate a web of contacts that give him not just salary information, but incentives, trade kickers, cap percentages, and all the cascading minutiae that goes into the NBA contract sausage.
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|Eye on Basketball:||In a previous interview we decided you were the Roger Ebert of the NBA, so what's the best new movie that you've seen this summer?|
|Patrick Patterson:||The best new movie I've seen would probably have to be "Guardians of the Galaxy." The overall plot I thought was really good, the way the actors were able to carry out each character and the right comedy that it had. It was overall great, there were a lot of surprise actors in the movies I didn't know could really act like that, and the visual effects were great. Of course, it's a Marvel comic, so it's kind of hard to not live up to it.|
|Patrick Patterson:||I also saw "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." I was a little let down with that movie. It was a good, solid movie but definitely not better than the original. I thought they did a solid job with bringing the ninja turtles to life and creating new elements and new versions of the turtles themselves, and Shredder and Master Splinter. Megan Fox, I think, stole the show.|
|Eye on Basketball:||Were you obsessed with the Ninja Turtles as a kid?|
|Patrick Patterson:||Yeah. I was in phases. When Ninja Turtles was hot, I was a big Leonardo fan. I was obsessed with Leonardo, wearing a blue mask and having the swords, I thought he was like the leader. I thought he was like the "it" guy. I was in different phases, but in different phases, that was my guy, Leonardo.|