Shaquille O'Neal explains why Lakers need someone like Patrick Beverley

O'Neal likes the Lakers' signing of Beverley.

by Dzevad Mesic
Shaquille O'Neal explains why Lakers need someone like Patrick Beverley

Shaquille O'Neal feels the Los Angeles Lakers need a player like Patrick Beverley. This offseason, Beverley was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolwes to the Utah Jazz. But Beverley's time with the Jazz was a short one after the Lakers and Jazz agreed on a trade for the veteran guard.

Beverley is known as one of the biggest competitors in the game and trash-talk is a big part of his game. “Stay off my boy Pat,” Shaq said on The Big Podcast. “I’ve got nothing bad to say about Pat. Know why? He play the game like it’s supposed to be played.

Not these dudes making $200-300M and can’t play at all. And then when they get traded, y’all talking about 'Oh, Shaq hatin’. Shaq know what the hell he talking about. That’s why both they ass up out of there.

Yeah, remember that? Utah fans? Yeah, remember that? Listen, you want a guy like that on the team. A guy like that, you don’t tamper with. I played with a guy like that named [Gary Payton]. GP used to come in talking crazy.

Think we going to say something back? Nope. Because you know why? He going to do that on the court. You know that helps you do? Win your fourth championship. Lakers need a guy like that. L.A. gonna love Pat Beverley. Watch”.

O'Neal likes the Lakers' addition of Beverley

The Lakers are coming off of disappointing back-to-back seasons.

Going into the new season, the Lakers want to bounce back and make amends for the previous two seasons that were pretty disappointing. After signing with the Lakers, Beverley acknowledged that it needed to be underlined that the Lakers weren't that good in the last two years.

Now that he is in Los Angeles, he wants to help the Lakers get back on the right trick. "I just feel like they didn't make the playoffs last year," Beverley said when asked about signing with Lakers. "We're being honest, that's just the truth, so you can see all the banners, but you know, it's what have you done for me lately? And lately, [the Lakers] haven't been a good team." On paper, the Lakers still have one of the most talented teams in the league with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook on the roster.

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