It’s well known that Houston Rockets’ point guard Russell Westbrook doesn’t like Patrick Beverley, as they’ve been feuding for years. But how did their beef start and why does it exist? Let’s take a look!
Whenever Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley face off against one another, it’s always a battle, as the two point guards don’t like each other. Their beef has existed well before Westbrook was a member of the Houston Rockets.
In fact, there have been a number of incidents between the two, which have been chronicled by ESPN’s NBA Twitter page.
Last night wasn't the first time Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley got tangled up. pic.twitter.com/7m6Q0pTpxv
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 31, 2018
Just as recently as 2018, which was last season, the police were called onto the court to prevent Westbrook and Beverley from making contact with each other, as provided by Jovan Buha of The Athletic.
Police have been brought onto the court to keep Westbrook and Beverley away from each other pic.twitter.com/FAlF1fm8gD
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) October 31, 2018
Sure, it seems extreme that the police would be called onto the court just to prevent two players from going towards one another, but the reality is both Westbrook and Beverley are two hard-charging guards who refuse to back down from anyone or anything, for that matter.
Beverley spoke about his feud with Westbrook during an interview with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.
Beverley’s money quote regarding his battles with Westbrook is below:
“For some reason he thought six or seven years ago that I tried to hurt him. Of course that wasn’t the case but as a basketball player I’m not going to apologize for it so you’ve got to ask him.”
Since Beverley didn’t go into details, let’s chronicle the history of his feud with Westbrook!