Patrick Beverley to Stephen Curry: ‘The next 5 years are mine’
The Golden State Warriors have seen the other side of the coin after a steady climb in the early 2010s and five years of chasing the NBA title. The Los Angeles Clippers were the start of that coin flip, handing them a sizable loss in their first game at the state-of-the-art Chase Center.
Patrick Beverley hounded Stephen Curry during the game, giving him an unusual bit of trash talking during a 141-122 beatdown to start the season:
“You had the last five years,” Beverley told Curry, according to Sean Deveney of Heavy.com. “The next five years are mine.”
Curry laughed and replied: “Aren’t you 31?”
Beverley has been known to trash talk just about everyone in the league, but the Clippers guard had previously claimed there’s one person he keeps his mouth shut for:
“I ain’t gonna go out there and talk trash to Steph Curry,” he told Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles on the Knuckleheads podcast. “Steph Curry gets 30 shots a game. Some people you pick your battles with. Steph Curry see me (not talking) and then he’s like, ‘Oh, what’s up with Pat? Oh, he locked in.’”
It seems Beverley has broken that vow, considering the two-time MVP now no longer has the supporting cast that could punish opponents as ferociously as it has over the past half-decade.
Still, it’s tough to fathom Beverley having a five-year reign, with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George only secured for two seasons before they can opt out of their contracts. Beverley and others have been champing at the bit to embarrass the Warriors, and it seems that under the current construction of their young roster, opponents will get the pleasure to do so a few more times this season.