Patrick Beverley gets real with statement on LeBron James, restart of NBA season
Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley may always be antagonizing LeBron James whenever they face each other on the court, but there’s one thing he agrees with the Los Angeles Lakers star: the resumption of the 2019-20 season.
The debate about whether the NBA season resuming in July would benefit or distract from the Black Lives Matter movement is still an ongoing discussion. Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving recently led a call with more than 80 players — including union president Chris Paul, Nets teammate Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard — discussing the possibility of sitting out as a way to make a stand against social injustice.
Sure enough, LeBron disagreed with Irving, arguing that they can still play and impact social change. James is widely recognized as one of the sport’s most influential voice, so whatever he says should be taken thoughtfully.
Interestingly, Beverley agreed with James, as he tweeted about the influence of LeBron in the league. The defense-first Clippers vet also noted that resuming the season is “not personal” and “only business.”
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) June 14, 2020
Nevertheless, both the Clippers and the Lakers are favored to win the championship. Canceling the season will affect both teams, especially James who’s turning 36 this year.
The league has stated that they won’t force anybody to go to Orlando to resume the season if they don’t want to. However, if players from the Lakers and Clippers were to sit out because they don’t feel comfortable playing, then that will most certainly affect their chances of winning a championship.