Throughout his NBA career, Patrick Beverley has become familiar with being on the trading block.
More recently, the Lakers decided to send him to Orlando. Beverly was then awarded a contract buyout and signed with the Chicago Bulls.
The 34-year-old often relishes the chance to play a game against a team that has traded him. But he seems even more motivated for his new team’s matchup against his old team because he knows the Lakers are fighting for a playoff spot.
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During a recent episode of her podcast, Beverley mentioned how much she hoped to play in Los Angeles in the regular season stretch.
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«Knock them out in the playoffs,» he said at the Pat Bev Podcast with Rone.
The Bulls have two more games this season against the Lakers. Beverley also spoke about the importance of his current team qualifying for the postseason, epically considering he’s now playing in his hometown.
«We have to make the playoffs,» Beverley said. «So, excuse me.»
As of Wednesday, Chicago is ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference, which puts them out of the gate tournament. The Bulls made the playoffs last year, but star players DeMar DeRozan and Zach Levine have had trouble finding chemistry on the court.
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Meanwhile, the team recently announced it will protect Lonzo Ball for the remainder of the 2022-23 season after he experienced setbacks in his recovery process from a torn meniscus in his left knee. Ball did not suit up for any games this season and last took the court in January 2022.
Since then, he has undergone multiple surgeries on his left knee.
In the West, the Lakers are 13th in the conference with a 27-32 record. Los Angeles is just four wins behind the eight-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves.
In 45 of his games with the Lakers, Beverley averaged 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists.
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Beverley and the Bulls take on the Lakers in Los Angeles on March 26. Then Chicago hosts the Lakers on March 29, and Beverly seems to be looking forward to both games.
«If you think I worked hard for other teams, imagine how I’ll do it for this one,» he said.