After the calm, the storm! After spending eight years in Detroit, Andre Drummond has changed teams four times since leaving Michigan. Transferred to Cleveland in February 2020, he was tempted by the Californian adventure a little over a year later by agreeing to join the Lakers.
A total change of scenery, from all points of view, the pivot having experienced the pressure reigning around the famous “big markets”, as is the case with the Lakers, on and off the field.
“The Lakers are exactly what we think they are. You have to be built differently to play for this franchise. You have to be mentally strong, not just on the court, but also off it, because there are so many expectations to be a Laker and wear Purple & Gold. If you don’t meet those expectations, they’ll let you know you’re not worthy enough to wear that shirt. So you have to play to the best of your ability and play hard every night whether you win or lose. You just have to play hard. That’s the only thing they respect.”he said in particular.
LeBron James, a wise student of the game
The experience was cut short as the Lakers, then defending champions, were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Suns, and Andre Drummond did not particularly shine in Frank Vogel’s device. However, he has fond memories of his time in California.
“I had a lot of fun on the field. I came out of a weird situation in Cleveland where they sidelined me for four months. I sort of came back, trying to figure out how to adapt to a team I had never played in before. It was a bit of a weird situation to get back into basketball. I wish I had the chance to bond with these guys and do something. But everything happens for a reason. And the Lakers situation was fun, I enjoyed being there.
After having rubbed shoulders with LeBron James, Andre Drummond is currently in Brooklyn, where he learned to play with another generational phenomenon: Kevin Durant. Two superstars with a different style of play.
“It’s clear that LeBron is one of the best players to ever play basketball. His knowledge is one of my favorite things about him, how well he knows the game, the ins and outs, where guys need to be on the pitch.”he pointed out. “With Kevin, it’s probably one of the best scorers I’ve had the chance to play with in my life, him and Kyrie (Irving). Watching these guys play and the way they make it look easy… They don’t even see the defender, they just go to their spots and do their stuff”.