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“You almost get a different respect” - Patrick Beverley on what makes playing for the Lakers different from the Clippers

Patrick Beverley played for the L.A. Clippers but now claims that L.A. Lakers players get more respect around the city.
Patrick Beverley wouldn't mind joining LeBron James and the Lakers

LeBron James and Patrick Beverley

It hasn’t been long since Patrick Beverley got traded to the L.A. Lakers, and he’s already spewing fires that could ignite the crosstown rivalry with the Clippers.

“You almost get a different respect”

Beverley claims playing for the Purple and Gold is different, and it got to do with how people perceive the Lakers players outside the NBA arena. But, of course, the Lakers enjoy an advantage over the Clippers in terms of history and championships but coming from a player who played for both franchises, Pat Bev’s take is indeed interesting.

Patrick suited up for the L.A. Clippers for four years and made the playoffs three times in that span. As a new Laker, he didn’t waste time throwing shade at his former team. Beverley is a good teammate but a bad opponent as he makes sure to get into the players’ heads to play mental tricks on them.

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The Lakers have 17 banners, tied for most with the Boston Celtics. Meanwhile, the Clippers have no banners to show despite being in the league since 1970, when they were still called the Buffalo Braves. But that could change as early as next year with a healthy lineup of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and John Wall.

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The Clippers are out to make a statement this season. Wall wants to prove he still is an elite guard in the NBA while The Klaw makes his return after getting sidelined with an ACL injury. They’ve read the news and heard the slander. Now, it’s time to shut the critics up.

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