You don’t have to tell him, Patrick Beverley knows J.J. Watt praised him during his Monday press conference.
“I watched the whole thing,” Beverley said Tuesday before the Rockets practiced at Toyota Center. “I was like a little kid watching the whole thing, I watched it about ten times.”
Watt sat next to the Rockets bench during their 118-87 game one win over the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday night, and heaped praise on the Rockets guard the next day.
“He is like the Wolverine out there,” he said. “He’s fearless. I love the way that guy plays and it was just fun to watch that guy put on a show.”
Beverley lobbed similar praise at the Texans’ star.
“J.J. Watt is first off, besides football, the stuff he’s done in the community, he’s a great man, but when it comes to raw talent and skill he’s the best to ever do it.”
“I always try to get to (the Texans) home opener, and just to watch the energy he brings, and how he be fired up, and how the whole stadium rise when he puts up three fingers for third down. I would never compare it of course because the crowd the Texans get is just sick, but to be out there and for him to be out there watching us, and him getting kinda that energy and him being on the back end of that is always good.”
Watt is no stranger to Rockets games almost always sitting where he sat Sunday, and Beverley said the two know each other, and they have some similarities.
“We’ve had a relationship since I’ve been here,” he said. “Of course, we’re both defensive minded. “It always phenomenal to see him at the games, so I try to make sure he’s involved as much as possible.”
In a tweet to the Rockets official Twitter account, Beverley requested Watt be given the same seats for game two Wednesday night.
“I was just saying if it aint broke don’t fix it, and with him being at the game, we got the win we need him to continue to be at the game,” he explained.
In a game that featured James Harden and Russell Westbrook, Beverley stole show giving the Rockets 21 points and 10 rebounds while limiting Westbrook to 22 points on 23 shots. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said Tuesday that he was pleased Beverley is getting recognized around the league for what he brings to his team.
“It’s always nice to have someone get what he deserves,” he said. “It makes you feel good just because you love what he brings, and you want everyone to understand what it is. That’s a talent to do that and he has an abundance of it.”