Ever since Patrick Beverly dove at Russell Westbrook’s leg and injured him in the 2013 playoffs, the two have absolutely despised each other. Their teams have changed over the years but the bad blood hasn’t. With Beverley playing a key role on the upstart Minnesota Timberwolves and Westbrook failing to adapt with the Los Angeles Lakers, the two players are in very different situations.
While the Timberwolves shock the NBA by remaining in the playoff picture well over halfway through the season, the Lakers trail them in the standings. Westbrook isn’t expected to be moved but the trade rumors surrounding him are forceful as he and Los Angeles continue to make no progress together.
As Westbrook continues to flounder in LA, Beverley chimed in. The Timberwolves guard poked fun at Westbrook’s struggles by invoking a saying that Westbrook said about him years ago.
I remember when somebody said all I do is run around and I trick y’all 😂 well my boy is The Real Magician this year.
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) February 10, 2022
Westbrook originally said that Beverley’s defense was nothing special, implying that his energy and peskiness tricked people into thinking he was good. The quote has been used against Beverley countless times, as well as other athletes when they fail or mess up. Now, with Westbrook playing arguably the worst basketball of his career, Beverley is giving him a taste of his own medicine.
"Pat Bev trick y’all, man, like he playing defense. He don’t guard nobody, man. He just running around, doing nothing.”
—Westbrook on Pat Bev's defense
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— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 14, 2019
Beverley has always been somewhat of a villain in the NBA. His defense borders on dirty at times and is never afraid to chirp at the opposition. Westbrook has a similar competitive fire, making for a vicious rivalry between the two. They will get one more crack at each other during the regular season, assuming neither is traded, when Minnesota hosts the Lakers on March 16th.