Clippers, with Teodosic injured, feeling the pressure
PLAYA VISTA — Patrick Beverley looked and sounded bummed out Monday. He wasn’t his usual carefree self after learning Milos Teodosic, his Clippers teammate, will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a plantar fascia injury in his left foot during Saturday’s victory over the Phoenix Suns.
“Oh man, I mean, that’s tough,” Beverley said.
Beverley and Teodosic have been friends for nine years, since they were teammates in Greece. Beverley ran to the locker room and was the first to check on Teodosic at halftime, while X-rays were taken, after Teodosic was injured stepping on the foot of Suns guard Devin Booker.
An MRI exam Sunday revealed the extent of the injury.
“Losing him is tough, not only from a teammate standpoint, but just as a friend,” Beverley said. “I know how hard he works. I know how hard he competes. I know how hard he wanted to prove himself on this level, and how much, as a friend, you wanted to see him be successful.
“There’s a lot of factors.”
Beverley helped the Clippers’ pursuit of Teodosic during the offseason after the team acquired Beverley in the Chris Paul trade with the Houston Rockets. Teodosic, a 30-year-old Serb, was known for many years as the best player not playing in the NBA.
Beverley recalled what it was like to be alone in a foreign land and how Teodosic helped him. Beverley said he would assist Teodosic, who signed a two-year, $12.3-million contract with the Clippers in July though he probably could have signed for more money with another NBA team.
“I told him I’m here for him,” Beverley said. “After practice I’m going to go hang out with him, kick the (expletive) with him a little bit. You need that, you need that support from your teammates. You find yourself over here and you’re not playing and you […]