Patrick Beverley’s debut season with the Los Angeles Lakers hasn’t exactly gone as expected so far. Beverley has been a complete liability on offense, and while he’s maintained his typical hard-nosed style of defense, his inability to do, well, anything on offense has very nearly made him unplayable for the Lakers in the early going.
PatBev recalls the hate he got for Westbrook’s 2013 injury
Beverley has always been a tenacious defender, and it got him a lot of trouble back in 2013. Beverley was involved in a collision with his current teammate, Russell Westbrook, in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, which resulted in Westbrook tearing his meniscus and being ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs. For this reason, Beverley and Westbrook had a longstanding beef they eventually put to rest once they teamed up in Los Angeles this season.
Of course, many folks were upset with Beverley for his role in Westbrook’s incident, and he revealed on a recent episode of his podcast “The Pat Bev Podcast” that he was receiving death threats for supposedly causing Westbrook’s injury. As a result, Beverley had police officers guarding him like a hawk throughout the rest of the Houston Rockets playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder that season.
Beverley’s revelation about getting death threats due to Westbrook’s injury is shocking
This is a wild story from Beverley that shows just how intense those matchups between some of the top Western Conference teams were a decade ago. Beverley and Westbrook always clashed with each other due to their intense style of play, and while they were never really friendly with each other until this season when they had to be, this injury Westbrook suffered surely made matters worse.
Sports fans are very passionate about their favorite players or teams, and while receiving death threats is obviously a horrible thing for these players to experience, it’s not a totally uncommon occurrence for athletes to receive them nowadays. Ultimately, Beverley’s collision wasn’t proven to cause Westbrook’s injury, and even if he made an overly aggressive play going for the basketball, it’s not worth sending him death threats over.
Either way, it seems like the incident is behind the two as they work to help the Lakers crawl out of the hole they have put themselves in early this season. L.A. is likely hoping that one of these two spark plugs can help the team wake up, but given how bad the team has looked, that doesn’t seem very likely to happen anytime soon.