Patrick Beverley insists he and Russell Westbrook have gotten off to a good start and he believes they will do just well as teammates. Beverley and Westbrook have quite a history as there was a huge animosity between the two in the past.
But now that they are teammates, Beverley insists everything is just fine between them and that they are committed to helping the Los Angeles Lakers reach the Promised Land. While Beverley was starting his introductory press conference, Westbrook interrupted to toss Beverley a towell.
"Love that brother," Beverley said, per ESPN. "First dime of the year."
Beverley on playing with Westbrook: Super excited
Beverley and Westbrook have one thing in common - they are both ultra competitive and will do everything to help their team win.
Because of that, Beverley feels he and Westbrook can do well as teammates and help the Lakers achieve their goals. "Super excited," Beverley said when asked about his relationship and fit with Westbrook. "I was asked this question two, three years ago, [about] someone I always wanted to play with and [Westbrook] was the first name.
I have [known] Bron since I was a baby, a rookie in this league, so obviously I want to play with him. But a player with that competitive spirit, that fire, that will, that dog, that nastiness, that grit, to have a running mate like that, I have never had that.
So I am super excited to see where it goes. Obviously like any relationship or any marriage, things, we are going to have tough conversations. That is what comes with winning, but I am excited about those conversations, I am excited about the practices.
I am just excited to be able to compete with someone like that." But there is one concern regarding the Beverley and Westbrook fit - they aren't really known as premiere shooters. However, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham insists he has no problems with having two premiere defenders in the lineup if that's going to help the team win.
"If they play defense," Ham said. "We've got a while. That's still a ways off, but definitely. People get caught up in the starting lineups a lot, but you look at who is finishing games. Those starters, they're out there to set that tone for the entire team throughout the game.
But, I'm not scared of that. It's definitely a bullet in the chamber. We're looking forward to it, man, those guys in the backcourt together, man."