Has there ever been a more ridiculous player to make more headlines than Patrick Beverley? The 11-year guard again used the only tricks he knows on Tuesday night and was ejected for having his teammate’s back while violently shoving DeAndre Ayton from behind.
It’s like 15 millionth time Beverly incited shit because he damn well doesn’t matter otherwise. He was recently seen jumping on the scorer’s table in Minnesota because he was on the floor when the T-Wolves played a couple of possessions games or telling whatever self-aggrandizement comes to mind on ESPN, Pat Bev’s top stories rarely, if ever, feature actual basketball.
This year was particularly bad for a number of reasons, first and foremost guaranteeing that the Lakers would make the playoffs before the season, as if anyone in the Staples Center will be very excited for a postseason appearance. He averages 4 points per outing, shooting 26 percent from the field and 23 percent from deep, and the Lakers are 5-11 and more or less the laughing stock of most NBA fans.
Tuesday’s incident overshadowed Anthony Davis’ 31, 21, 2, 5 and 5 night in a game that, before Beverley’s push, was not another embarrassing moment for the Lakers. Predictable, not to speak of The recent resurgence of AD after the contest, it was all about the guy who finished 0-for from the field, with a plus-minus of -15 in 29 minutes of what could be tentatively called basketball.
Of course, Beverley’s teammates and coach defended him after the game, and the only person I think seriously did was Russell Westbrook. Davis’ cheap shot defense is tepid at best.
I don’t think this explanation will get Beverley suspended and he should definitely be benched for a few games. I appreciate that Devin Booker told Bev to tell him that to his face after the game, but we know that’s not how Bev works. The smallest boy is being body checked at the court the biggest guy on the other team and then walking around like he’s setting the tone despite having no physical recourse and his team trailing by double digits is quintessential Patrick Beverley and certainly doesn’t give a damn.
He’s a jackass expressing frustration and looking for attention he can’t get through playing on the court. His career is fast approaching a studio chair, and he knows that yelling like a madman in a suit — not an NBA uniform — isn’t going to get him the reaction he needs to satisfy his ego.
I’d like to say I can’t wait for Beverley to retire from the NBA, but you know we’ll be hearing about him long after the Lakers waive him, trade him, or move him — and it could be more more unbearable than his monthly tantrums.