The NBA world has been reacting to Patrick Beverley being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers sent Pat Bev, along with Rajon Rondo and Daniel Oturu to bring Eric Bledsoe to the franchise. Beverley has been the subject of ridicule more so than Rondo and Oturu because of how braggadocious Beverley has been over the last few years.
Beverley reacted to the arrival of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in 2019 by shouting "I just won the f**cking championship" while standing on a table in a restaurant. And throughout the last two seasons, Beverley made it a habit to get in most player's faces, rile them up, and mock them whenever they made any kind of mistake.
One thing that fans won't let him forget is his interaction with Steph Curry. The Warriors defeated and knocked out the Clippers in the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
But during the offseason, the Clippers transformed themselves into a championship contender when they acquired Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Beverley was now part of one of the favorites to win the title. As for the Warriors, they lost Kevin Durant in free agency, and Klay Thompson to a year-long injury.
So when the Clippers and Warriors faced off for the first time in the 2019-20 NBA season, it would be an interesting affair. The Clippers dominated the Warriors, defeating them 141-122.
Beverley had a solid defensive performance, getting 5 steals during the game. Curry struggled but put up a solid 23 points in a losing effort. But it was what happened after the game that garnered all the headlines.
Beverley reportedly told Curry during the game "you had the last five years, the next five years are mine". Curry responded brilliantly, pointing out that Beverley was the same age as him (31) at the time.
That comment from Beverley has not aged well since, as he only spent two more seasons with the LA Clippers, and wasn't able to win any NBA championships, let alone reach the Finals. Beverley and Lou Williams celebrated hard when Leonard and George joined the Clippers, but both have been traded since their arrival to bring the superstars better teammates.