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Patrick Beverley ready to return from microfracture and meniscus surgery

Patrick Beverley, Clippers

LA Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is returning from an injury that kept him sidelined all last season. He sounds like he’s ready to return from microfracture and meniscus surgery and he’s fired up for his first full season in Los Angeles.

According to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints, Beverley had this to say about his return:

“I’m really ready. I like to go out there, put my game on the line and that’s more than just talking. I’m feeling really, really strong, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life and we’re going to see soon.”

Beverly is a fierce competitor so it must have been difficult for him to watch last season from the sidelines. But now he’s poised to have a bounce-back season. The stronger he can come back, the better for the Clippers chances at contending in the brutal Western Conference.

Beverley has fought to exceed expectations his entire career. As a second-round pick out of Arkansas, not many people expected him to make it in the league. But Beverley developed into an excellent role player in the league. He’s a tough defender on the perimeter and he has no problem taking the opposing team’s toughest assignment. He was even named to two NBA All-Defensive Teams.

Beverley is joined in the backcourt by another tough perimeter defender. Avery Bradley mans the backcourt with Beverley among a number of other exciting guards. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a rookie with tons of promise and Lou Williams is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year.

The Clippers backcourt is finally fully healthy and could be one of the more underrated units in the league with the return of Beverley.