The Chicago Bulls guard Patrick Beverley finally took revenge on his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, last night as the Bulls won the game with a 118-108 scoreline at Crypto.com Arena.
Patrick couldn’t even play a full season for the Lakers prior to joining the Bulls in February, despite being picked by the Lakers in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft. He got his first chance to wear the golden and purple jersey in October last year, after going through seven different teams for 13 years.
Naturally, any player in his shoes would hold a grudge, but it would only increase after he experienced enormously unfair treatment from the organization.
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What did Patrick Beverley say?
Prior to last night’s game, the 34-year-old expressed his disappointment in the Lakers’ management and said, “Yeah. If I’m a spoon, Billy is using me as a spoon. The Lakers, you know, used me as a fork.”
Patrick Beverley, asked if Chicago is the perfect fit for him: "Yeah. If I'm a spoon, Billy (Donovan) is using me as a spoon. The Lakers, you know, I was a spoon and they used me as a fork."
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) March 26, 2023
It became quite clear that Bulls head coach Billy Donovan was able to bring the best out of the EuroCup MVP, and he took Chicago as his perfect place. While saying so, the 6.2-foot guard also jabs the Lakers for failing to utilize him in the right way.
Beverley scored an average of 6.4 points with 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 45 appearances for the Lakers. Though he was not a particularly bright athlete, he felt neglected and unwanted during his tenure in Los Angeles.
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Last night, he scored 10 points with four rebounds and five assists in just 23 minutes of play and got the last laugh at the Crypto.com Arena.
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— Erick Savage (@ErickSavage13) March 26, 2023
Prior to last night, we saw a significant improvement in the NBA Hustle Award winner’s performance. He scored on average 6.1 points with 5.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in his 15 appearances so far.
However, eventually, he proved his point on the court and has another chance to rub salt in the Lakers’ wounds on Wednesday at the United Center. Can Patrick Beverley give another example of him being mistreated? Drop your predictions in the comment section.