Patrick Beverley says 50% of NBA players do not love basketball
Players love the money. Some love the lifestyle and perks of being an NBA player.
But how many NBA players love basketball?
There’s some logic to this. If a person is gifted with natural athleticism and skills, they may gravitate towards basketball because of the lifestyle and potential money. It doesn’t have to be about a love of the game. However, for a role player scrapping to stay in the league, if they don’t love the game enough to put in the work, it will show.
Beverley had to have a love of the game and a passion for the craft to become an 11-year NBA veteran. He wasn’t born with the natural skills he mentions or elite athleticism (by NBA standards), he was drafted in the second round and spent three years playing in Russia before his game matured to an NBA level. He had to love the game to put in the work needed to be where he is now.
Not every player in the NBA loves the game like Beverley does, but if he is the bar it’s not a surprise not many clear it.
Beverley is a free agent heading into this summer.