Just before the end of your Los Angeles Lakers’ eventual 115-105 road loss to the Phoenix Suns, Lakers shooting guard Austin Reaves battled Devin Booker for rebound positioning. Booker pushed and fouled Reaves before standing over him and apparently yelling something awkward. Deandre Ayton, starting LA center, then stood over Reaves, still on the hardwood.
Patrick Beverley, still almost inexplicably the Lakers’ starting point guard, then chose to punish Ayton for trying to intimidate Reaves by poking him in the back:
NBA Twitter was completely at odds over whether Beverley had the right to forcefully shove a guy from behind when his attention was elsewhere and the game was interrupted (spoiler alert: it wasn’t him).
Bill Simmons sneaked into a quick dig:
Hoops boss Kenny Beacham seemed to welcome the intensity, although he found it all pretty funny:
FanDuel personality Eddie Gonzalez noted that Patrick Beverley has essentially become a hockey enforcer-like presence for the Lakers. This is fair.
Aside from a few rebounds and the occasional steal and assist, his main job is to shake up his team by agitating the opposition. This writer is disappointed and thought Beverley had more to offer when it came to basketball, but it seems like the only thing he’s really looking forward to is shoving guys in the back while game action is paused. Here he is doing the same thing with Chris Paul a few years ago:
Anyway, back to the Twitter reactions from that latest jab at a Suns player.
Lapinski hosts a radio show on 98.7 FM Arizona Sports. He’s not wrong.
Beverley can’t do much as a real player on a basketball court these days, so if he is suspended, it may help clear Darvin Ham’s rotation.
A surprising number of NBA fans (well, maybe not that surprising considering this is one of the more violent countries in the world) were… for Beverley’s boost because of its “team-building” qualities.
The reason this “ultimate teammate” decided to shove Ayton from behind instead of trying to say something to his face was probably just down to physical ability. Ayton is 10 inches taller and 70 inches taller than the 6’1″ tall 180-pound reserve point guard Beverley.
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Remember: Patrick Beverley himself conceded the jab was a mistake.
What is that? You thought Skip would offer a smart and insightful take and not some BS nonsense “I don’t condone violence but a way of bringing the violence mate”? are you hearing yourself right now
Lakers Nation’s Trevor Lane was also oddly in favor.
Fortunately, there was some sanity to be found elsewhere.
Are the Lakers experiencing regrets after fixing a busted Pat Bev over the summer?
And here are a few humorous takes on the whole thing:
Yes, what an… important service he is rendering.
I think calling Beverly 6’1″ might just be being generous.
Silver Screen and Roll’s Anthony Irwin has the right idea…
Ouch but also, it’s his specialty.
“What is that?” as a matter of fact.
One fan accused Devin Booker of also being unsafe behind-the-back pushers in his day. And he brought receipts (see above)!