Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly was all over Lonzo Ball in Ball’s NBA debut with the Los Angeles Lakers, getting physical and talking trash in the Clippers’ 108-92 victory.
It was quite a welcome to the NBA for Ball, who struggled mightily with just three points on 1-of-6 shooting.
But Beverly’s aggressiveness didn’t end on the court. After the game, per The Undefeated, Beverly could be heard shouting as he made his way to the locker room.
“Weak ass [expletive]. Bring him out on the court with me and I will tear his ass up,” Beverly reportedly said.
LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s loquacious father, not surprisingly took exception.
“Yeah, you shut the [expletive] down,” LaVar Ball told ESPN after the game. “And your check still ain’t going to go no higher than what it is. Yeah, you shut him down. OK … Who is Patrick Beverley? He played all last year and nobody said nothing about him. Now we are looking at your first game. Why? Because Lonzo’s name is attached to it.
“So you got to be [all hard]. Let’s see what you do the next five games, if you are going to be pumped up towards everybody like that and go back to your 0-for-5 shooting and your two or three rebounds. Nobody is going to care about you. But you put my son’s name in it and you put my name in it, now you got some action and you got some people talking.”
This probably won’t the be the last time an NBA player comes after Lonzo, given his status as The Next Magic Johnson and the No. 2 overall draft pick — and yes, his dad, who also happens to be the head of Lonzo’s marketing arm.
It definitely won’t be the last of Beverly, as the Clippers and Lakers meet three more times this season.
And it highly likely won’t be the last we hear from LaVar.