Beverley, via Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times:
“The team that gets drunk together, you learn a lot of things quickly. We just wanted to go out and have a good time.”
There’s definitely truth to that. I sure have strengthened friendships while drinking with someone.
Hopefully, the Clippers were accommodating of teammates who don’t drink. Not only is that respectful, boundaries with coworkers should still apply.
But this is absolutely an element of bonding in the NBA despite it not being frequently discussed so openly.