“Season Is Over Already I Give Up”: Lakers Veteran’s Cryptic Message Leaves NBA World Befuddled

Published 11/30/2022, 4:55 AM EST
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Last week, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Patrick Beverley pushed Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton to the floor during the fourth quarter of the game. He was subsequently suspended for a total of three games. Naturally, his name was in the news cycles all through the week. Despite repenting for his mistake by serving the suspension, Beverley hasn’t disappeared from online discussions surrounding the incident. Rather, he has given the NBA community more to talk about.

On the Pat Bev Podcast with Rone, Beverley discussed the incident and narrated his version of the story. For Beverley, the incident unfolded very slowly. He was simply trying to stand up for his teammate and body-check Deandre Ayton. Beverley mentioned what transpired was unfortunate. However, he added he would do the same thing again if required. In the podcast, he is also seen sporting a ‘Free Pat Bev’ shirt. This shirt took NBA Twitter by storm.


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NBA Twitter befuddled by Patrick Beverley

While the reason behind Patrick Beverley’s choice of wearing that shirt is unclear, it could possibly mean two things. One is, to free him from suspension, considering the podcast was recorded before his suspension ended. Two is him subtly indicating that he wants to leave the Los Angeles Lakers – a narrative most fans seemed to hold onto.

“Season is already over I give up,” said one fan in particular. Some stated that Beverley initially promised to take the team to the playoffs. However, now he wanted out only because the “Lakers suck.” Many claimed that Beverley knew a suspension was on the way sometime this season.

Here are some more reactions from NBA Twitter:

The Los Angeles Lakers on the incident

Beverley’s supposed nemesis, Russell Westbrook loved the whole debacle. He said,Protecting and understanding that we have each other’s back is the most important thing when you’re part of a team.” He also believed that the team is growing in understanding and slowly coming together. 

Nov 22, 2022; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley (21) pushes Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) to the court in the second half at Footprint Center. Beverley was ejected from the game. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

Lakers’ star Anthony Davis called Deandre Ayton out for starting this incident. Ayton supposedly stood over Lakers shooting guard Austin Reaves. Davis stated that this was disrespectful. On the other hand, Reaves was grateful and loved that Beverley had his back. He added that he would have done the same for him as well.


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While Beverley’s message via his shirt is cryptic, one thing’s for sure: his teammates don’t reprimand him for his actions. Rather many seem grateful. With that said, it is going to be interesting to see if there is any further reaction to the tshirt Beverley wore.


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Shriya Rajachandra

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Shriya Rajachandra is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Communicative English. Shriya previously interned at The New Indian Express, but her favorite journalist, Marcus Thompson motivated her to start writing about basketball.

Edited By: Veer Badani