‘We Turned This Laker City Into a Clipper City’: Patrick Beverley Ruffles Feathers With Bold Statement

Published 11/14/2021, 10:04 PM EST
Nov 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


This August, the Minnesota Timberwolves added defensive giant Patrick Beverley to their roster. A former Clippers player, he returned to the Staples Center for the first time this regular season, but as an opposition. It goes without saying that the LA Clippers and the fans were welcoming, happy to have Beverley back in LA.

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Moreover, during the press conference, the 33-year-old spoke about his time with the Clippers – looking back at his favorite moment and so on with the team.


Interestingly, his words were bold, which certainly generated some response from fans.

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Patrick Beverley on his time with the Clippers

While the Timberwolves lost 129-102 to the Clippers, Beverley’s return to LA was as pleasant as it could be. Mr. 94 Feet reassured everyone that he does not have any regrets, and that he would not change anything if he could.

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“We turned this Laker city into a Clipper city and that’s all you can ask for,” he said. “We gave the fans something to be excited about”. 

He added that as a basketball player, one gives everything to try and win the title each year. Now, while one cannot win it all, Beverley knows they did special things back with the Clippers. Last season, the Clippers made the Western Conference Finals, while the Lakers were eliminated after a Round 1 loss against the Phoenix Suns. Also, this was the first time in Steve Ballmer’s team’s history that they had qualified for the WCF.

In the end, Beverley added more praise for his former unit, referring to the Clippers as a ‘hell of a team’.

Fans reacted to Pat comparing the two LA franchises

Unsurprisingly, Beverley’s comments brought fans of both teams on Twitter, debating. “City to clippers from Lakers…lol…just a season ago they won chip…,” wrote one fan, while others reminded them of the Lakers situation last year.

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While the Lakers did win the 2020 title, last season was indeed better for the Clippers, who came the closest to winning a title than they ever have.

Nov 8, 2021; Patrick Beverley (22) reacts after a basket during the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

“Pat Bev got these Laker fans in their feelings,” wrote another fan, while some responded that the Clippers did not actually make the finals. Having said that, fans are certainly irked by Beverley’s comments.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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