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Why is Patrick Patterson wearing these huge mittens on the bench?

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We here at SB Nation watch a lot of basketball. We watch NBA basketball, college basketball, D-League basketball and occasionally international basketball. It is a good sport and we like it. But in all of our years watching hoops, no one here can ever remember seeing a player wear these big-ass mittens on the bench like Patrick Patterson.

Are those, like, Hulk gloves, only designed as a tribute to Beast from X-Men? Is Patrick Patterson just really cold? Does he need to stop itching himself? What .... what is the deal here?

In any case, he's ready to take the cookies out of the oven as soon as the timer goes off:

Tyler Hansbrough looks hungry.

Update: It appears that Patterson is just trying to keep his hands warm. Makes sense.