‘I can’t wait for him to go this season!!’: LeBron James and Patrick Beverley back Russell Westbrook for a rebounding season as the Lakers’ new guard looks to bury the hatchet with his bitter old rival
- The LA Lakers acquired Patrick Beverley from the Utah Jazz on Wednesday
- Utah gets guard Talen Horton-Tucker and forward Stanley Johnson in return
- The keeper has already expressed his desire to play alongside LeBron James
- Beverley has a long troubled history with new teammate Russell Westbrook
LeBron James and, shockingly, Patrick Beverley, rallied behind perpetually beleaguered teammate Russell Westbrook as social media piled up after the Lakers’ addition of his nemesis.
NBA fans have taken to social media suggesting that the trade to bring Beverley to LA would end Westbrook’s time in Tinseltown, given their previous bad blood.
Late Wednesday night, the Lakers traded for the defensive stalwart, sending Talen Horton-Tucker and forward Stanley Johnson back to Utah.
LeBron James (right) and Patrick Beverley supported Lakers teammate Russell Westbrook (left)
But NBA podcaster Cuffs the Legend criticized the disrespect Westbrook receives, tweeting, “Westbrook’s disrespect and vitriol is still corny no matter what you think of last season.”
James responded to the Tweet, saying, “I can’t wait for him to go this season,” along with a shh emoji.
Naturally, referring to the former UCLA product silencing his long list of critics and skeptics.
James responded to a Tweet about Westbrook saying: ‘I can’t wait for him to go this season’
Westbrook and Beverley (right) have been at odds since the 2013 playoffs
From there, to the surprise of many, Beverley added her support by replying, “It’s the same,” followed by a gorilla emoji.
Westbrook and Beverley have had a litany of battles on and off the court, including the latter calling Westbrook ‘trash’ during a game in March this year.
Beverley made one appearance on the NBA’s all-defensive team and two on her second team of her career and lived a healthy life thanks to her stubborn mindset.
Although Westbrook wasn’t so sure at the end of 2019. After a November victory over the Beverley LA Clippers – while he was with the Rockets – he wasted the Chicagoan’s skill set.
New Los Angeles addition Beverley added her support by replying “It’s the same”, followed by a gorilla emoji
Westbrook had a less than impressive first season in Los Angeles as the Lakers missed the playoffs
“Pat Bev is cheating on you all, man, like he’s playing defense,” he told reporters in Houston.
“He’s not guarding anyone, man. It’s just running, doing nothing.
Beverley brought criticism back to the fore earlier this season – more than two years later – amid Westbrook’s disastrous first season in Los Angeles.
Taking to Twitter in March, Beverley said: “I remember when someone said all I do is run and I’m cheating on you all.”
‘Well my boy is the real magician [sic] This year.’
Beverley will now play for the Crosstown rivals of her former team, the Los Angeles Clippers
The feud dates back to the 2013 playoffs after a collision with Beverley left Westbrook with a season-ending knee injury.
At that time, Westbrook’s Oklahoma City was the first seed in the Western Conference.
Following the debilitating injury to their star goaltender, Oklahoma faltered, losing to Memphis in five games in the conference semifinals.
The new trident hopes to bring the Lakers greater success than last season when they failed to qualify for the playoffs with a paltry 33-49 record.