Patrick Beverley went on a savage media tour on Monday morning, appearing on multiple ESPN morning talk shows. In the midst of slandering and trash-talking the Phoenix Suns and, most notably, his rival Chris Paul, Beverely was asked a few personal questions about his current career path as well.
Pat Bev a Laker?
While on ESPN's "This Just In" on Monday, Beverley was asked by veteran anchor Mike Greenberg whether or not he would want to suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers and play alongside LeBron James. The 12-year-veteran had a direct answer, saying "he wouldn't even hesitate" to come back to Los Angeles and play alongside James if he were a free agent.
Beverley adds that he believes he can be an integral contributor to this Lakers team, which could use his perimeter defense and gritty mentality. When asked why anyone would want to sign with the Lakers in the offseason, the former Los Angeles Clipper said that living in LA alone should attract free agents.
Beverley also admitted that there's nothing like playing for the Lakers franchise (which he dubbed "America's team") as the pressure to don the purple and gold under the brightest lights is unlike any other.
Do Lakers fans really want Pat Bev?
Before Lakers fans decide to get swayed by Beverley's words, he shared some insights about their 2020 title that might rub the fans the wrong way. On the same show, Beverley mentioned that the championship the purple and gold won in the Bubble should be considered an asterisks title just because the 2020 Playoffs was held in a different setting and circumstances.
According to Beverley, the Lakers 2020 title happened in a place with no fans and homecourt advantage, so it shouldn't be considered the same way other title runs are. Yikes, nothing triggers Lakers fans more when you tell them that winning that 2020 title was a fluke.
For the record, Beverley participated in the Bubble as part of the Clippers team that blew a 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets in the Semi Conference finals — so it makes sense why the point guard could still be bitter about the way that season ended. But now that Beverley has gone on the record to say that he doesn't mind playing for the Lakers if he were a free agent, who knows what could happen?
After all, James has a long history of recruiting friends he shares a drink or two of Lobos tequila with. So, as the saying goes, you never really know in LA LA Land.