New Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverly ‘very excited’ to play alongside Russell Westbrook

Second, ca. – Patrick Beverly He was still sweating from working out at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility when Russell Westbrook Help delivered.

Westbrook interrupted Beverly’s introductory press conference with reporters to throw a towel at him, and make sure his new backcourt teammate looked good.

“I love this brother,” Beverly said appreciatively. The first dime of the year.

Westbrook put aside any competition with Beverly and was the only Lakers player to make Beverly’s first official appearance with the team. While it remains to be seen how this point guard pairing can work in tandem LeBron James And the Anthony DavisWestbrook and Beverly set the tone on Tuesday that they are ready to work as a team, and embrace each other after Beverly finishes talking.

Beverly interrupted him when asked about his relationship and suitability for Westbrook, “so excited.” “…I was asked this question two or three years ago, [about] Someone I’ve always wanted to play with and [Westbrook] It was the first name. I have [known] Bronn since I was a kid, a rookie in this league, so obviously I want to play with him.

“But a player with that competitive spirit, that fire, that dog, that ugliness, that grit, to have a mate like that, I’ve never had it before. So I’m really excited to see where it’s going. Obviously like any relationship or any marriage, Things, we’re going to have tough conversations. That’s what comes with winning, but I’m excited about these conversations, I’m excited about practices. I’m excited to be able to compete with someone like that.”

Westbrook and Beverley used to compete against each other, and it became controversial at times. During Game Two of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff series against the Houston Rockets in 2013, Beverly hit Westbrook’s knee while going for a robbery. Westbrook had to undergo surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee.

Nearly a decade later, the two were teammates and had a laugh together after passing Westbrook’s towel to Beverley. New Lakers coach Darvin Hamm said he wouldn’t be afraid to start both guards together if it helps the team improve.

“If they play defensively,” Hamm said. “We have some time. It’s still a long way off, but sure. People get so busy with the starting lineups, but you look at who finishes the matches. Those starters, they are there to set that tone for the whole team throughout the match.”

“But I’m not afraid of that,” Hamm added. “It’s definitely a bullet in the room. We’re looking forward to it, man, these guys are in the backyard together, man.”

Beverly described compatibility with Westbrook as “perfect”.

“He hit a lot of the right wing,” said Beverly, who was distributed from Utah to the Lakers. Taleen Horton Tucker And the Stanley Johnson. ‘Posted on the left wing out of [timeouts], likes to post on the right. I shoot 50% of the left corner 3. It works. To have another player for the ball with me, obviously also with LeBron, the more people who handle the ball, the better you are as a team.”

Beverly spent four seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers before moving to Minnesota before last season. The veteran — who was surprised to be traded from the Timberwolves after a playoff appearance against Utah this off-season — admits how different L.A. Lacker is now. But Beverly knows that all that matters is getting the Lakers back into the playoffs.

He hopes to bring a relentless will every day to bring the Lakers all on the same page after the chaotic disappointment of last season.

“I just feel like they didn’t make the playoffs last year,” Beverly said when asked about coming to a team with 17 championship banners. “We’re honest, it’s just the truth, so you can see all the signs, but you know, that’s what you did for me lately? And recently, [the Lakers] It was not a good team. and I am here. Obviously, the coach is important here.

“The polarizing numbers are here, what is the reason, how do we get there, how do we win, what do we do? What do we offer? But you also have to give something to be a successful team. So what are you going to give up? That’s my thing, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Beverly is looking forward to playing alongside James. Beverly has spoken before about how much he would like to be on James’ team.

“Who doesn’t?” Beverly said. “You talk about the condition of the goats, not only him, you talk about the condition of the goats all the way.

“We’re a match problem, we’re a match problem for anyone. To be a match problem, we have to get to playoffs, playoffs are matches, and we’re a match problem for everyone, across the board, and we know that. And our job is just to get to playoffs, get to playoffs, Guys who, all that polarizing figure, now you guys are taking us where we need to go, that’s the mentality.”