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New Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley ‘super excited’ to play alongside Russell Westbrook

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El Segundo, California — Patrick Beverly When I was still sweating from training at the Los Angeles Lakers practice facility Russell Westbrook assisted.

Westbrook interrupted Beverly’s introductory press conference to throw reporters in the towel and make his new backcourt teammate look good.

“I love that brother,” said Beverly with gratitude. “First dime of the year.”

Westbrook put his rivalry with Beverly aside and was the only Lakers player to attend Beverly’s first official appearance with the team.Although I’m still not sure how this point guard pairing works lebron james When Anthony Davis.

When asked about her relationship and fit with Westbrook, Beverly interrupted, “I’m so excited.” “…I was asked this question a couple of years ago. [about] someone i always wanted to play with [Westbrook] It was my first name.I have [known] Bronn has been new to the league since he was a baby, so it’s only natural that you’d want to play with him.

“But a player with that competitiveness, that fire, that will, that dog, that awkwardness, that grit, I’ve never had a running mate like that. Love. And just like with marriage, we’re going to have tough conversations. That comes with winning, but I’m excited about those conversations, and I’m excited about the practice. I’m excited to be able to compete with… like that.”

In Game 2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff series against the Houston Rockets in 2013, Beverly landed in Westbrook’s lap in an attempt to steal. Crashed. Westbrook had to undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee.

Nearly a decade later, the two were teammates, laughing together after Westbrook’s towel pass was handed to Beverly. He said he wouldn’t be afraid to start both point guards together.

“If they play the field,” said Hamm. “There’s still time. It’s still a long way off, but definitely. People often get caught up in the starting lineup, but you see who’s finishing the game. Those starters are there to set the tone. The whole team throughout the game.”

“But I’m not afraid of it,” added Hamm. “It’s definitely a bullet in the chamber. We look forward to it, man, those guys in the backcourt together, man.”

Beverly described his chemistry with Westbrook as “perfect”.

Traded from Utah to the Lakers Tarren Horton Tucker When Stanley Johnson“He posts on the left [timeouts], he likes to post on the right wing. I shoot 50% from the left corner 3. It works. We have another ball handler, and of course LeBron, but the more ball handlers we have, the better we are as a team.”

Beverly spent four seasons with the LA Clippers before being traded to Minnesota last season. The veteran, who was surprised to be traded from the Timberwolves after making the playoffs to Utah this offseason, acknowledges the difference being a Laker in Los Angeles. I know that

And he hopes to bring a relentless will every day to keep the Lakers all on the same page after last season’s chaotic disappointment.

“I feel like we didn’t make it to the playoffs last year,” Beverly said when asked about coming to a team with a 17-championship banner. You can see the banner of, but is that what you did for me recently? [the Lakers] We weren’t a good team. And here I am. Clearly, Coach Ham is here.

“Polarization has become clear here. What is the reason for it, how do we achieve it, how do we win, what do we do, what do we sacrifice, what do we give up? wants to go to the bank and withdraw money, but to be a successful team you also need to give something, so what are you going to give up? I am going to do it.”

Beverly is looking forward to playing with James. Beverly has previously spoken about how much he wanted to be on James’ team.

“Who won’t?” said Beverly. “You’re talking about GOAT status. You’re talking about GOAT status all the way, not just him.

“We’re a matchup problem. We’re a matchup problem for everyone. For us to be a matchup problem, we have to get to the playoffs. It’s a problem across the board and we know it, and our business is approaching the playoffs, and we’re reaching the playoffs.

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