LOS ANGELES (BVM) – A March 26 matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls provided the expected amount of fireworks, as veteran guard Patrick Beverley returned back to Los Angeles to play against many of his former teammates.
While discourse had started early on between Beverley and his Lakers counterparts, many took note of a sponsored ad that Beverley posted to his social media accounts a day before the game.
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) March 25, 2023
Head coach Billy Donovan and the Bulls point guard were questioned in both the lead up to the game and following it, but Beverley officially cleared things up on his podcast by saying it was nothing more than a sponsored post.
“They tried to tell me today to tweet some [expletive] like, ‘Softest King,’” Beverley said on the Pat Bev Podcast with Rone. “Y’all got to watch out for these ads. They’re trying to get you… I found out before the game and a little bit more after the game that they thought I was talking about the Lakers.”
Beverley had a similar statement after the initial matchup telling reporters that the post wasn’t meant as a spite to his former team.
“I got paid a ton of money to post something,” Beverley said. “And I was late posting it so I didn’t want the window to close. I’m not out here to try to troll anybody.”
Regardless of how things were taken, Beverley and the Lakers provided plenty of headlines throughout the week, first starting with the Bulls guard’s comments on his goal to, “knock [the Lakers] out of the playoffs.” Beverley continued the discourse during the game with his celebration following a score late in the fourth quarter on LeBron James.
Oh wow, Pat Bev scores the dagger and calls LeBron James "too small" pic.twitter.com/U9qkgWC0cd
— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) March 26, 2023
Star forward Anthony Davis provided his own take on Beverley’s playoff comments before the initial matchup where he chalked it up to, “Pat is Pat.”
“That’s fine. He can come try,” Davis said. “A lot of people have tried. We’ll see Sunday. Sunday and Wednesday. Got one here and got one there.”
After the Bulls’ 118-108 win over the Lakers, the teams will have one more chance to hash things out before the regular season comes to an end. Both teams will have playoff seeding riding on the results of Wednesday’s action as the Lakers head to Chicago in hopes of locking down a playoff spot with just seven games remaining.