The Los Angeles Lakers have had a very busy offseason as the team looks to rebound from a rough 2021-22 campaign. Some of the major criticisms of the team last season were that it was a very old roster and that their defense left a lot to be desired, two issues that the team has addressed so far.
They have brought in players who are under the age of 30, with the only exception being Patrick Beverley, and while Bev is in his mid-30s, he is still one of the better defenders around. He will help the Lakers tremendously on that end of the floor as their new defensive leader and will set the tone for the rest to follow.
NBA Fan Joked About Russell Westbrook And Patrick Beverley's Shooting
The Lakers will be hoping that Beverley does much better than the prominent guard they traded for last season, which was, of course, Russell Westbrook. Russ had a terrible first season in LA, and the Lakers have been trying to ship him off all offseason, but they haven't found any deal that they like. It means that Bev and Russ have formed one of the more unlikely duos in recent memory, considering all their past beef and an NBA fan poked some fun at their shooting.
"LA down bad 😂😂😂"
"Add Bron for his FTs😂"
"Russ & Patt: "Good work man...maybe next time we'll break it"💀"
"Lebron gonna retire mid season"
"Lots of orange paint chipping😂"
"Russ slander is outta control"
"Even with Westbrook alone"
"Bev can actually shoot tho. Y’all shady"
"Add brons Ft, AD shooting 9% as well"
"More like Lebrick"
"Y’all are assuming they would even hit the backboard"
"Man...yall better quit playing 😂😂😂"
"Might as chuck Bron up there cuz bev a better shooter than bron😂"
"Since when is pat a bad shooter too lmao y’all just hating"
"🤦🏾🤦🏾🤦🏾here we go"
Beverley is a good shooter for his career, having shot 37.9% from 3 over his 10 seasons, but he had his worst season from beyond the arc in 2021-22, as he shot just 34.3%. The Lakers will hope that it was just an aberration, as they need some shooters on the court when LeBron James is running the show.
As for Westbrook, the Lakers seem to have adopted a "wait and see" approach in regard to trading him. The report also indicated that the San Antonio Spurs are one of the few teams who would be open to a trade for the former MVP, another sign of just how far he has fallen.