The Los Angeles Lakers and their ferocious cross-town rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers, put on quite a show on Thursday night. It was an opportunity for new Lakers signee Patrick Beverley to rekindle some old embers with his former team and a few of his former colleagues.
Beverley played for the Clippers for four seasons, and throughout that time, he developed strong relationships with some of his teammates. Among them was Kawhi Leonard, who, in Pat Bev’s opinion, still counts as one of his brothers off the basketball court (h/t ClutchPoint on Twitter):
It s a lifetime relationship built off the passion and love of the game of basketball, Beverley said of his connection with Kawhi. “That’s it.”
Then Beverley related the tale of how he connected deeply with the Clippers star. When the epidemic began, according to Pat Bev, he travelled to San Diego to see Leonard. He only planned to stay for a few weeks, but ended up remaining for a full month.
“I was in San Diego, me and the homies, with his homies, we would just be drillin’,” Beverley said. “Just getting lost in the work type s–t. Like, therapeutic type s–t. So, we caught a vibe, and that’s been our vibe since then.”
It s a lifetime relationship built off the passion and love of the game of basketball.
Patrick Beverley on how he and Kawhi Leonard s relationship blossomed during their pandemic workouts together
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— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) October 21, 2022
Nothing unites two mature men like a common interest, particularly when it involves a sport as intensely competitive as basketball. It turned out that Beverley and Kawhi experienced this. Despite the fact that they are currently playing for different organisations, this pair has an unshakable friendship that goes beyond the Lakers vs. Clippers rivalry. But you can be sure that the next time they square up on the court, neither man will hold back.
In the midst of the Battle of Los Angeles narrative, Lakers veteran Patrick Beverley is candid about his friendship with Kawhi Leonard of the Clippers.