The Los Angeles Lakers needed someone to get in their rivals’ heads.
They craved a guy who would be willing to put his body on the line on every single possession, a scrappy veteran willing to do whatever it took to get the win, even if it wasn’t always pretty.
They filled that need with Patrick Beverley, one of the most hated players in the league by the fans and the players alike.
And, while Beverley has failed to live up to that task of being a defensive stalwart for Darvin Ham‘s team, he’s sure made the headlines and highlight reels for his never-ending antics.
Notably, he was once again at his best during the Lakers’ epic comeback win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Things got chippy early in the second quarter between him and Damian Lillard, perhaps his most-hated colleague in the league.
So, once his team capped off the second-largest comeback in franchise history, Beverley had to make the most of the chance to troll his lifelong rival.
Pat Bev left the court acting as if his watch wasn’t working, taking a clear shot at Lillard over his ‘Dame Time’ celebration.
Patrick Beverley made sure to troll Damian Lillard after the Lakers came back from a 23-point halftime deficit to win 😂 pic.twitter.com/pnEf0SVb0m
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) January 23, 2023
Lillard and Bev have feuded on social media and on the court for years now, with the latter constantly taking uncalled-for shots at the All-Star.
He scored four points to Lillard’s 24 and ten assists, but his team got the W.
That’s just Patrick Beverley, and his team will have to live and die by him, his unmatched confidence, and his evident lack of self-awareness.