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Patrick Beverley disses Russell Westbrook more than two years later: ‘The Real Magician’

Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrook in Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 02: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against Patrick Beverley #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Arena on January 02, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

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After then-Rockets teammate James Harden scored 47 points in a 2019 win over Patrick Beverley’s Clippers, Russell Westbrook said: “Pat Bev trick y’all, man. Like he’s playing defense. He don’t guard nobody, man. He’s just running around doing nothing.”

Beverley could have pointed out Harden scored just four points on 1-of-9 shooting with Beverley defending him and 43 points on 11-of-17 shooting against other defenders. Or Beverley could have noted the irony of Westbrook calling out phony defensive effort.

    Instead, Beverley waited more than two years to send this tweet.


    Why Thursday? Westbrook didn’t even play in the Lakers’ embarrassing loss to the Trail Blazers the night before.

    There haven’t really been bad times to bag on Westbrook this season, though. He has been dismal throughout the year. This is a longstanding feud that doesn’t need an obvious spark.

    Unfortunately for the Lakers, they couldn’t just make Westbrook disappear before the trade deadline. His contract is prohibitively large.

    But there was one addition in Los Angeles yesterday: “The Real Magician” as a nickname for Westbrook in this stage of his career.