Russell Westbrook wanted a break. Patrick Beverly wanted to steal something.
Nobody got what they were looking for. And now they’re teammates with the Lakers.
The Lakers acquired Beverley in a trade Wednesday night, sending Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson to the Utah Jazz.
When Westbrook crossed the halffield line and stopped to call a timeout in the 2013 playoffs, Beverley maniacally rushed at the All-Star guard and ran into him to poke the ball out before a referee could whistle.
Westbrook immediately began limping and pounding on the scorer table. He had torn his meniscus – and Beverley sparked a round of controversy.
Was that dirty? It’s played hard, but was that too hard?
“A lot of people do that all over the league,” Beverley told reporters that night. “I don’t go out to try to hurt anyone. I tried to play with the ball.”
The following March, Beverley attempted the same during a regular season game between Houston and Oklahoma City. Westbrook was furious.
After that, the two routinely annoyed each other — Westbrook with his rock-the-baby celebration, Beverley with his bothersome, physical style.
Usually the two would fight on the pitch, bark at each other and – more often than not – earn a technical foul.
The most direct clash between the two came in 2019 after Houston’s James Harden scored 47 points against the Clippers.
“Pat Bev tricking you all, man, like he’s playing defense,” Westbrook told reporters after that game. “He’s not guarding anyone, man. It just walks around and does nothing.”
Beverley went to JJ Redick’s The Old Man and the Three podcast earlier this year and fired back.
“He hurt my career,” Beverley said. “Like, coaching staff and players, fans, they looked at me path different. They looked at me like, ‘You know what? He doesn’t play defense. He just screams and runs around.’ And held on and held on to it. And some people still do.”
When the Lakers played Minnesota – Beverley’s third NBA team in 10 seasons – in March, Beverley was at his best, daring to shoot Westbrook and later swiping a pass before pinching his nose and telling his bench, Westbrook is “garbage”.
Westbrook nonchalantly responded to Minnesota’s post-game trash talk.
“I don’t mind the trash talk,” Westbrook said. “No one over there has done anything in this league that would make me lift my eyes up, like, ‘Oh, they’re talking chaos. Let me answer.’ No everything is fine.”
If the Lakers come to camp with both players on the team, a lot of people will be trying to figure that out.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/story/2022-08-25/patrick-beverley-vs-russell-westbrook-lakers-teammates-past-beef Pat Beverley vs. Russ Westbrook: Lakers teammates’ past beef