Patrick Beverley loves to engage.
He’ll physically jostle with anyone on the basketball court, and he loves to talk: to his opponent, to his teammates, to himself, to the air, even. The man is always talking.
It can be tremendous entertainment, as it was when Beverley took some shots at Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers when Lillard missed two clutch free throws at the end of a seeding game that could have cost his team a playoff berth. Beverley delighted in Lillard’s failure by mimicking Lillard’s Dolla Time celebration and his wave goodbye from the 2019 playoffs. Lillard responded in his media availability, and the two traded some barbs on social media.
Within that exchange, Beverley dusted off the phrase “Cancun on 3,” a way of joking that the Blazers would be headed on vacation soon. As it turned out, that remark would come back full circle for Beverley.
When the Clippers lost to the Nuggets, Lillard and CJ McCollum had a grand time on social media discussing whether they should invite the Clippers to vacation with them in Mexico, even tagging Beverley in a tweet. It was a good joke, and honestly the type of content that makes the NBA so hilarious. It was a good enough joke that Lillard and McCollum weren’t the only ones to throw that line back in Beverley’s face.
Beverley hasn’t been terribly active on social media since the team’s exit from the postseason, but he did resurface Monday to share that he has seen the Cancun jokes, and like a good sportsman, he respects the effort.
“I be hearing y’all. That shit’s funny. That’s a good one. I can’t even be mad. I gotta take it on the chin. I can’t even be mad.”— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) October 6, 2020
Patrick Beverley hears your ‘Cancun on 3!’ jokes lol. pic.twitter.com/zOrIFXubZP
It has been three weeks since the Game 7 loss, so it’s good to see the team moving on. Doc Rivers even has an entirely new job! Hopefully, they’ll be ready to go for next season.
More news for Tuesday:
- Speaking of Rivers, he had his introductory press conference as the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers Monday. Rivers said that he was tempted to take some time off after leaving the Clippers, but he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to coach the Sixers.
- Importantly, Rivers has agreed to go by his given name Glenn in Philadelphia out of respect to Dr. J.
- Former Clipper Isaiah Thomas (he was waived immediately after being traded to the Clippers in the Jerome Robinson deal earlier this year) had a hip resurfacing procedure and is hoping to make an NBA comeback. Thomas deserves all the good health, and it would great to see him contributing like he did back in 2017.
- The Atlanta Hawks 2020-21 City Edition jerseys will honor Martin Luther King Jr., and profits from jersey sales will be directed towards economic empowerment programs for Atlanta’s communities of color.
- Scott Cacciola has a great story about the team attendants in the bubble who have to mop the floors during games.
- The Seattle Storm have a chance to wrap up the WNBA Finals today. At 26, Breanna Stewart could further stake her claim as the greatest player alive.