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“Everybody here ain’t Paul George, everybody here ain’t Siakam” — Patrick Beverley gives a reality check during camp

Say what you want about PatBev but these were words of wisdom many players need to hear.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverly

Patrick Beverly

Basketball camps happen during the NBA offseason. It's an opportunity for young players with NBA dreams to learn what it takes, on and off the court. Patrick Beverley was in Toronto Raptors assistant coach Rico Hines’ camp, and he delivered an important reality check to young hoopers there.

“Everybody here ain’t Paul George everybody here ain’t Siakam”

Beverley attended the camp with Paul George and Pascal Siakam. Towards the end, the new Utah Jazz guard can be seen delivering an important message to the attendees: find your niche and stick to it.

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Everybody here ain’t Paul George, everybody here ain’t Siakam. The teams y’all go to, you’re not gonna have the ball like that, so y’all gotta do the little sh*t. Find your niche, find your role. Not everybody can be pulling up and shooting hesi-pullups, that’s just the reality. Find your niche and build off it.

Pat shared an interesting insight as someone who’s made a career as a defensive guard. Nowadays, you can see young hoopers hoisting logo 3s. Everybody wants to be like Steph Curry or Dame Lillard. But in reality, not everyone can be like them, let alone reach the NBA. Everybody can put the ball to the basket, but how many are willing to put whole court pressure or take a charge? Scoring is being glorified to a point where it’s seen as the only vital skill a player must need to master to make it far but providing defense, hustle and all the little things are also crucial.

Patrick Beverley on and off the court

There’s a reason why players love to play with Pat Beverley and not against him. He’s a tough competitor who isn’t shy in letting the opponents know. Some fans accused him of being dirty, but that’s who he is. PatBev provides energy, hustle, defense, and toughness every NBA team needs. He has been in the NBA for 13 years and counting because he’s willing to do what the Paul Georges and Pascal Siakams of the world don't.

Summer camps are for mentoring and entertainment. Fans could interact with their favorite players and watch them live for free. The campers get personal messages or advice from their idols which could inspire them to create their path in the NBA. A reality check from Patrick, who knows a thing or two about longevity in the NBA, proves to be valuable. Finding and mastering a niche is one of the keys to making it to the big leagues. 

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