At their current state, the Los Angeles Lakers making the playoffs seems like a far-fetched idea, but newcomer Patrick Beverley is positive they can do it. Taking the microphone before their matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers, Beverley addressed the crowd, exclaiming that the team would make the Lakers faithful proud.
There could be a reason for the defensive menace's confidence: all but one of the NBA squads he had been in were able to reach the playoffs. The only times he missed it were when he sustained a season-ending injury in the 2014-15 season and the Clippers, his team at the time, did not qualify for the 2017-18 playoffs.
Fans might also remember how Beverley squeaked into the playoffs last season as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Finishing the regular season with the No. 7 seed, Minnesota beat the Clippers in the play-in tournament to advance to the playoffs.
Hilarity ensued as the Wolves players, particularly Beverley, celebrated as if they had won the championship. The 6-foot-1 veteran was even seen crying as he headed to the locker room after the contest.
Their actions led to plenty of criticism, including from the "Inside the NBA" crew. And funnily enough, Minnesota didn't even make it past the first round.
Can the Lakers make the playoffs?
It's definitely too early to make any prediction about the playoffs, and only time will tell if the Lakers can reach the playoffs this season. The jury's still out if the franchise can even crack the top 10 of the Western Conference in order to earn a berth in the play-in tournament.
If the Lakers end up missing the postseason in the 2022-23 campaign, people around the league will certainly wait to see Beverley's reaction.