Patrick Beverley Celebrity Life
In July of this year, it was reported that Patrick Beverley earned the kind of contract that he was working his ways towards over the past 7 years - a $40 million, 3 years contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. Playing as a point guard, 6 ft 1 in tall Beverley has been with the Clippers since 2017 and has been praised as the “heart of the Clippers” unanimously by his teammates and his coach. Many people admire Beverley not just for his skills but also for his struggles before he made it big at the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Childhood and Early Career
Beverley was born on 12th July 1988 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in a K-town, named so because the names of all its streets begin with K. To give an idea of what kind of area it was, Beverley spoke about his brief return to it in 2008 when he was suspended by the University of Arkansas’ basketball team due to his plagiarism during junior year. While back in k-town, Beverley contemplated his choices – try his hand at pro basketball or live on streets.
At that time, Beverley had a 2-year-old daughter to take care of and an advance payment of just $5,000 from an agent. He went on to talk about his humble origins, lack of access to a lot of funds, and that had he not entered the world of professional basketball, he would have ended up being the “best drug dealer in the world” because, in K-town, you either “hoop or sell dope”.
Beverley completed his freshman year at the Waubonsie Calley High School, got transferred to the John Marshall Metropolitan High School when his family moved to the West Side of Chicago. Beverley displayed his first notable basketball performance while at John Marshall; he had an average of 48.2 points per match and won several awards and titles. Beverley was then a member of the Arizona Razorbacks during his college freshman and sophomore years and his basketball performance remained above average consistently, winning several titles and being nominated for the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award.
Things took a downward turn for Beverley academically when he was found guilty of plagiarizing one of his class papers, which he confirmed himself to dispel rumors of him getting suspended due to poor grades. Taking this opportunity to work on his basketball skills rather than wait out his suspension, Beverley booked an agent so he could try his luck at the European NBA.
His efforts paid off when he received a one year contract from Dnipro, a Ukrainian basketball team, worth a little “over 6 figures”. He represented the team at the Ukrainian Basketball Leagues and notched averages of 16.7 points, 2.2 steals, 3.6 assists, 7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks. As the contract was an open-ended one, Beverley could leave it at the end of the year without any penalties, thus allowing him to be eligible for the 2009 NBA Draft automatically.
Los Angeles Lakers drafted Beverley in the 2nd round and he was the 42nd overall pick of the season. Just a day later, it was announced that he was traded off to Miami Heat, but he was cut from their team too after a short while. In an interview, Beverley talks about this move having to hurt him and he still carries that around like a chip on his shoulder, firing the extraordinary passion he shows on the court.
After that, Beverley played for the Olympiacos Piraeus, a Greek team, and helped them win the Green Cup in 2010, apart from reaching the finals of the Greek League and EuroLeague. After being waived by the Miami Heat in 2010, he joined the Russian professional basketball team, BC Spartak St. Petersburg. At the end of the 2011-12 Season, when Beverley declared that he wouldn’t be continuing with Spartak, hey seemed reluctant to let him go and insisted that he would be allowed to void his contract provided he got an offer from an NBA team. This forced Beverley to continue with the team until December of 2012 when he got an offer from the Houston Rockets.
While playing for the Rockets, Beverley suffered physical injuries mainly during the 2013-14 and 2016-17 Seasons due to injuries in his right hand and left knee, both repair surgical treatment. He had signed a 4-year $23 million contract with the Rockets in 2015 but was acquired by the Clippers on 28th June 2017. Described as an all-hearts team throughout 2019, Beverley has often been called the core of this newly energized team. His thirst to prove his talents in NBA after being shunted between teams across countries, coupled with his challenging personal background, has translated into him being one admired players currently.
In an interview, Beverley talked about an incident with his mom, Lisa Beverley. With his father being absent for long periods while struggling with his drug addiction, it fell on Beverley’s mother to work multiple jobs and run the house. After completing an overnight shift in her third job of the day, Lisa had to stop the car with a 2-year old Patrick sitting beside her in her green Ford Tempo because she was too exhausted to drive.
She instructed Beverley to wake her up when the clock on her dashboard a particular number. Several other such incidents fuel Beverley even today to work harder than most, truly appreciate the multi-million dollar contract he has with the Clippers, so his family lives comfortable and with financial security.
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