Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is the walking epitome of the type of player that you’d love to be teammates with, but hate going up against.
The 6-foot-1 defensive irritant, after all, carries a massive chip on his shoulder each time he takes the floor. Beverley had to prove himself time and time again just to make it to the big leagues, paying his dues overseas and the G-League before carving his blue-collar identity in the NBA.
The 32-year-old guard plays the game with such feverish fashion, while his no-nonsense, in-your-face approach just rubs a lot of players the wrong way. Bev has since made significant strides to become a decent knockdown shooter, but there’s no question that his defense will always be his trump card.
It doesn’t matter if he’s guarding LeBron James or Kevin Durant while holding a massive size disadvantage. Beverley will throw everything but the kitchen sink to get the job done.
If he succeeds, prepare to get an earful of some good old fashion trash talk. Heck, opposing players are not safe from even taunting even when Bev is sidelined on the bench. Just ask Damian Lillard.
While he is a beloved figure in the Clippers locker room, Beverley certainly made himself a lot of enemies around the league.
Here are three people with the most beef with Patrick Beverley.
This rivalry will truly stand the test of time. To simply put it, Westbrook and Beverley are just not fond of one another.
Given that they play the same position in the unforgiving Western Conference, the two equally-animated personalities are bound to clash one way or another.
While Brodie is undeniably the more talented player between the two, Bev is just not the type of guy to back down.
Their disdain for one another started in the 2013 playoffs when Westbrook’s Thunder took on Beverley’s Rockets in the first round.
Westbrook tore his meniscus in Game 2 after Beverley lunged at him during a dead ball. An extremely infuriated Westbrook slapped the scorer’s table in frustration after feeling something pop in his knee. OKC went on to win the series 4-2, but Westbrook was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs.
The two figured in a testy back-and-forth in the ensuing years and were often had to be separated by their teammates.
Following the Rockets’ regular-season win over the Clips last November, Westbrook took a shot at Bev’s supposed overhyped defensive prowess.
“Pat Bev trick y’all, man, like he playing defense,” Westbrook said. “He don’t guard nobody, man. It’s just running around, doing nothing. … All that commotion to get 47.”
Beverley and Westbrook will certainly have more faceoffs in the coming years. Safe to say this bad blood isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Beverley always marks the opposing team’s best player, and he’s had several brushes with Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard.
Bev’s antics against Lillard seems to go into overdrive when the playoff kicks in. Ever the instigator, the 2017 All-Defensive First Team member even gets on the nerves of the usually calm and collected Dame.
That rivalry heated inside the bubble in Orlando, Florida this season, when Beverley mocked Lillard after the Portland star missed two clutch free-throws against the Clips in a regular-season game.
Bev, who did not suit up and was watching the game from the bench, even taunted Damian Lillard by flashing the “Dame Time” gesture after his uncharacteristic blunder.
Patrick Beverley taunting Dame after he misses both potential game-winning free throws pic.twitter.com/ZIUjVbQm6R
— Nikowob Jokić (@WorldWideWob) August 8, 2020
Bev added more salt to the wound, as he copied Lillard’s “goodbye” send-off after LA took home the W.
Here’s Patrick Beverley waving goodbye to the Blazers pic.twitter.com/woKdeA3nqv
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) August 8, 2020
The Clippers guard was not done after the game, as he posted several memes about Lillard. Dame Dolla barked back after the game, claiming Beverley and Clippers teammate Paul George were just salty since his Blazers team eliminated both guys in the playoffs in the past seasons.
Good thing the Clippers did not meet the Blazers shortly after that incident, as Lillard went on a scoring rampage in the ensuing games to power Portland to the 8th seed in the West.
Seems like opposing players are not the only ones Beverley likes to antagonize.
The seven-year vet irked several members of the National Basketball Players Association when he reportedly disrespected NBPA executive director Michele Roberts during a closed-door meeting last month.
In the midst of potential players strike during the 2020 playoffs following the shooting of Jacob Blake, the league and its players sat down to find a solution.
According to several witnesses during the meeting, Beverley was interrupting Michele Roberts throughout her speech as she discussed the financial ramifications of exiting the bubble.
The high-ranking NBPA official asked politely to continue speaking, but Beverley fired back with a nasty insult.
“No, I pay your salary,” the Clippers guard reportedly shouted. NBPA officers Chris Paul and Udonis Haslem quickly came to Roberts’ defense and lambasted Beverley for his disrespectful tone.
Clippers center Ivica Zubic insists that Pat did not utter those words. Further reports, meanwhile, that Beverley already reached out to Roberts after the incident and settled their differences.