To say Patrick Beverley is not a card-carrying member of the Golden State Warriors Fan Club would be an understatement.
The veteran guard, who played just 11 games last season for the Los Angeles Clippers after being acquired in the deal that sent Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets because of a torn meniscus in his right knee, admits he is “anti Warriors.”
Asked by Party Upadhyaya of the Houston Chronicle which team he would pick to win if Golden State were to stage a rematch with his former team, the Rockets, in the Western Conference Finals next season, Beverley didn’t hesitate.
“Rockets. I’m real anti-Warriors,” Beverley said. “You could name anybody [against the Warriors], [and] I’d probably say the other team.”
Beverley spent five seasons with Houston before being sent to the Clippers in the deal for Paul.
He said his rehab from the knee surgery has been completed.
“Rehab is fine — over and done with. I got cleared about two months ago by (Rockets team doctor) Dr. (Walter) Lowe,” he told Upadhyaya. “(I was) coming from a season where I (was) playing, arguably, the best basketball I’ve ever played in my life.
“(I had) a career-high in points (and) a career-high in steals. (It was) an unfortunate situation, but everything happens for a reason. It forced me to get stronger, mentally and physically. I’m ready to go.”