Patrick Beverley (born July 12, 1988) is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association for the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA). He spent three and a half seasons in Ukraine, Greece, and Russia after playing collegiate basketball for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He joined the Houston Rockets in January 2013.
He was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in June 2017. In 2021, the Clippers traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies, and nine days later to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Beverley is a three-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection who is noted for his toughness. Beverley has been involved in several high-profile on-court incidents as a result of his passionate style of play.
Patrick Beverley Apologizes to Chris Paul for Shoving Him
With a 23-point lead halfway through the fourth quarter, it was evident the Suns were about to put an end to the Clippers’ season on Wednesday night. The Suns led 118-92 when Chris Paul brought the ball up, called for a pick to force a switch and have Marcus Morris on him, and then drained a three over Morris.
Patrick Beverley had been yelling at — and flagrantly fouling — Paul throughout the series, and with that shot, it all came to a head for Beverley, who shoved Paul in the back and knocked him to the ground. Wasn’t it intended for you?” It was pretty obvious that it was meant for him.
It is, however, an apology. It also won’t shield Beverely from the league’s impending suspension, which will take effect at the start of next season. (It warrants a suspension, but knowing the league’s enforcement is as random as a roulette wheel, it might simply be fine.)
“Over the years, I’ve seen that people talk trash to me, and I typically respond, but I’ve changed a little.” A bit. After the game, Paul remarked of the shove, “a little.” “And I kept thinking to myself, if we do what we’re meant to do, I’m going to get the final laugh.” So if you stick with it long enough, you’ll break them, and that’s exactly what we did.”
Paul and The Suns Were Victorious, and They Will Play in The NBA Finals Beginning Next Monday
The shove on Wednesday night was a prime example of this erroneous routing. Chris Paul strolled by Beverley with Game 6 clearly out of reach and the Phoenix Suns already looking ahead to the NBA Finals. Paul didn’t appear to say anything offensively during the show, and he didn’t even open his mouth. Nonetheless, something inside Beverley was sparked, and he made the conscious decision to shove Paul in the back with all his might.
Of course, he has ejected right away. The shove didn’t happen during a game or even near a basketball. Beverley’s thought process, or lack thereof, was nearly visible. The two had been sparring throughout the series, and Beverley had been called for a flagrant foul on Paul one game prior (“how to sell it,” Beverley said after what he thought was a well-executed flop by the Suns’ point guard).
Two nights later, all of the energy he’d been directing into defending Paul during the series seemed to unexpectedly combust, resulting in an incredibly unsportsmanlike push that knocked Paul to the ground. According to Yahoo’s Chris Haynes, his passion failed him, and he’ll likely face a well-deserved ban next season.
Beverley can be a smart, level-headed guy when he’s not in the midst of a basketball game, despite his outbursts, for which there are no excuses. He’s fantastic in press conferences, delivering thoughtful responses and remaining polite to reporters as long as they do the same. It’s no wonder, then, that after a night of introspection, he took to Twitter to own his mistake and apologize to Paul.
Pat Beverley’s Personal Life
Beverley is the mother of two children. Beverley’s grandfather passed away on May 7, 2017, only hours before Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs.
Beverley appeared in the documentary film Hoop Reality in 2007, which was an unofficial sequel to Hoop Dreams from 1994.