Clippers' Patrick Beverley Talks NBA Hiatus, 2K20 Tourney, Call of Duty and More

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 15, 2020

LA Clippers guard Patrick Beverley moves the ball against the Denver Nuggets during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Jack Dempsey/Associated Press

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is keeping busy during the NBA hiatus by playing video games. 

Speaking to Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times, Beverley noted he's been playing Call of Duty: Warzone "every single day now" since he can't play basketball with his teammates. 

"Like every single day, and I'm getting better at it," he said. "I'm hooked. I just love the action and being on a team and trash-talking and getting my teammates going."

Beverley was able to scratch his basketball itch by participating in the NBA 2K Players Tournament. The Chicago native beat Hassan Whiteside and Andre Drummond in the first two rounds, but his run came to an end in the semifinals when Deandre Ayton swept the best-of-three series:

“If it's a competition, I'm locked in. I'm talking to my teammates and talking to the opponent. That's the type of player I am. I'm locked in. Anything I do that's competitive, I try to win. That's the way I've always been, and I like to keep it that way no matter what I'm doing. I don't like people getting the best of me or saying that they beat me. Every game I play, every competition I'm in, whether it's in a game, playing cards, video games, whatever it is, I'm trying to win. That's always been my competitive nature." 

In keeping with his naturally competitive nature, Beverley didn't hide his frustration about losing to Ayton:

As for Beverley's regular job with the Clippers, he noted they have been able to keep in contact during the hiatus and staying focused if and when the season is able to resume:

“We've been texting, we do FaceTime and we have Zoom workouts. We're still locked in. Our strength and conditioning guys are doing a hell of a job of keeping us locked in and making sure we're ready. We've been keeping in touch, and we continue to motivate each other. We're calling each other every day. We're trying to stay active because you never know when we might get that call to start up again, and if we do, we're ready."

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on March 17 that NBA owners are hopeful of resuming the season in July after speaking to former United States surgeon general Vivek Murthy, but there remains no timetable for things to start back up at this point. 

"It would be hard if we didn't get to finish what we started," Beverley said of the possibility of not being able to play again this season. 

Beverley noted it "would be tough as hell to play without fans" in the stands, but the Clippers will "be ready for that" if that allows the league to finish out the 2019-20 campaign. 

When the NBA season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic last month, the Clippers were the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. Only the Los Angeles Lakers (49-14) had a better record in the west than their 44-20 mark. 

Beverley is in his third season with the Clippers. The 31-year-old is averaging 7.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game with a 37.9 three-point percentage. 

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