The Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley beef history is nothing new. We got one more dose of it in Game 5 of the Houston Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder first-round series. With Westbrook doing all he could to keep the Thunder in the game, he got into a little trash-talking episode with Beverley late in the game.
Beverley was the first to have his postgame press conference and was obviously asked about the incident. We got a little insight into the monologue that went down.
“It was shocking because he looked up and said no one can guard me, I got 40 points. That’s nice, it took 34 shots to get it. I’m not out here trying to bash anybody but I mean, men lie, women lie, the numbers don’t.”
Russell had a little different version of how the conversation went, though.
“Oh yeah, he was talking about how he was first-team all-defense. I didn’t know what the hell he was talking about because I had 42 at the time. I don’t know what he was talking about, maybe he was dreaming about some shit I don’t know. Sorry, excuse my cuss word, I don’t know what he was talking about, I guess he wants be first-team all-defense or something, maybe he was dreaming about it.”
Don’t apologize, Russ. Don’t ever apologize.
Bird then traded George’s best friend, George Hill, for a more traditional point guard in Jeff Teague. George and Hill fished together at their homes in Indiana. They even carpooled to practice together. But it’s a business, so George accepted it and moved on the best he could, won a Gold Medal in Rio, and repped the Pacers the entire time.