Patrick Beverley Spoke with Paul George About How 'Nobody' Is Afraid of Suns

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 16, 2022

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The Phoenix Suns won 64 games in the 2021-22 season and claimed the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, so it came as a shock when they were eliminated in the second round by the Dallas Mavericks following Sunday's 123-90 Game 7 blowout. 

Well, a major shock to everybody but Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Patrick Beverley, who claimed Monday on ESPN's First Take that the Suns didn't exactly inspire fear around the NBA, even bringing his former teammate Paul George into the fray:

First Take @FirstTake

“Ain’t nobody afraid of anybody over there in Phoenix, man. Everybody in the league knows that.”<br><br>.<a href="https://twitter.com/patbev21?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@patbev21</a>, tell us how you really feel about the Suns 👀 <a href="https://t.co/GlxSAXUrq5">pic.twitter.com/GlxSAXUrq5</a>

"Ain't nobody afraid of anybody over there in Phoenix. Everybody in the league knows that, bro. But y'all don't know that 'cuz y'all not in the locker room. No one's afraid of Phoenix. We wanted them. We [the Timberwolves] wanted them. No one's afraid of Phoenix. I talked to some teammates, I ain't gonna say who—I'm gonna say who, forget it, I talked to Paul George last night—ain't nobody scared of them. But if you face Dallas? You ain't scared of Dallas, but man, you've got to get your game right when you play Luka [Doncic]. I'm just being honest."

Beverley wasn't done there, continuing to go in on Chris Paul:

ESPN @espn

“CP can’t guard nobody man. Everybody in the NBA know that. ... He’s a cone. ... Give him the Ben Simmons slander.”<br><br>👀 <a href="https://twitter.com/patbev21?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@patbev21</a><br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/GetUpESPN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GetUpESPN</a>) <a href="https://t.co/9bh8HOdJ0J">pic.twitter.com/9bh8HOdJ0J</a>

Suffice to say, Beverley's scalding takes were met with a mixed response on the socials:

Shea Serrano @SheaSerrano

pat bev saw chris paul sitting sad in a chair and decided to walk over and set him on fire just for fun lol

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee

Pat Bev in the Hate Hard HOF

Jared Wade @Jared_Wade

Paul George — on a personal best streak of minding his own business and staying out of the discourse — waking up to see Pat Bev using his name on TV for no reason. And this is why you can't have friends like Pat Bev.

Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA

I think PatBev brings a lot to the table, but CP3 in year 17 is better than PatBev has ever been in any point of his basketball life. Pat is looking wild this morning. 🤣🤣🤣

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons

Pat Bev is pumping out so many bonkers takes that First Take won’t even go to commercial they’re just gonna refund all the sponsors.

Beverley has something of a past with Paul in particular, shoving him in the back in the fourth quarter of last season's Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals between the Suns and Los Angeles Clippers. The Suns blew out Beverley's Clippers in that game, 130-102, and ended the series, with Paul putting 41 points on his former team. 

"We knew we broke them," Jae Crowder told reporters after that game regarding Beverley's cheap shot. "There's no better sign. That's a great feeling to have."

So it's a little possible that Beverley is still stinging from that smackdown and had his revenge on First Take

But that's the full Beverley experience. The intensity and chip on his shoulder that has allowed him to carve out an NBA career as a dogged defender also sometimes spills into moments like Monday's slander. 

If nothing else, Beverley showed that he just might have an entertaining second act as a media figure once his playing days are up. He certainly won't pull any punches.