Patrick Beverley is one of the defensive forces in NBA to be reckoned with. Beverley has been a member of the NBA All-Defense Team thrice. He is known for his intense style of play and uses his indomitable physicality to the best of his abilities.
However, with his physicality and hot-headedness, Beverley has also been involved in several altercations on the court. He was infamously suspended for shoving Chris Paul during a playoff game in 2021. Nevertheless, Beverley instantly impacts the defense of a team. He is also known for locking down opponents during the most crucial moments of a game.
Patrick Beverley shows admiration towards LeBron James ahead of new season
Beverley was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers during the off-season trade in 2022. However, he was extremely optimistic about this trade, as he finally got the opportunity to play with LeBron James. He even described his favourite moment in the NBA as when he ‘locked down’ LeBron during a playoff match to win the game.
Patrick Beverley blocking LeBron James’ three-point attempt on Christmas Day in 2019 🚫 pic.twitter.com/59s6h0KmXZ
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 26, 2022
In a recent interview with media, Beverley held James in high regard as to what makes him so special:
Beverley on playing off LeBron: “It’s just high IQ basketball. Knowing screening angles. One thing I have learned (about LeBron) … elite passer. One of the best to ever do it, from his height, his size. When you look up the ball will be right there on your chest.”
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) September 28, 2022
“It’s just high IQ basketball. Knowing screening angles. One thing I have learned (about LeBron James) … elite passer. One of the best to ever do it, from his height, his size. When you look up the ball will be right there on your chest.”
Beverley went on to praise James when he replied as to whether he was looking forward to play with James, stating:
“It’s just high IQ basketball. One thing I’ve learned about him seeing through the game; he’s an elite passer. Probably one of the best to ever do it.”
-Patrick Beverley on playing with LeBron James
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 29, 2022
“Who doesn’t? You’re talking about GOAT status, not only him, you’re talking about GOAT status all the way across.”
“We’re a matchup problem, we’re a matchup problem for anybody. In order for us to be a matchup problem, we have to get to the playoffs, and playoffs are matchups, and we’re a matchup problem for everybody, across the board, and we know that. And our business is just getting to the playoffs, and we get to the playoffs, the guys who, all that polarizing figure, now you guys take us where we gotta go, that’s the mindset.”
LeBron James revealed that Patrick Beverley was one of the three opponents he hated that later became his teammate
“To be able to have him here, when you talk about every single night, we’re going to compete, that energy is going to come from Pat Bev.” https://t.co/EQigM7qpDq
— Silver Screen and Roll (@LakersSBN) September 29, 2022
Beverley is eagerly waiting for the season to begin, as they have their eyes set on the Larry O’ Brian Trophy this year.