Los Angeles Lakers big man Andre Drummond is not letting the hate get into his head. In fact, it looks like he is using it as motivation to prove his doubters wrong.
After Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless tweeted “Kareem Abdul-Drummond”–seemingly in response to the big man claiming he didn’t have enough playing time in his first stint with the Lakers–Drummond appeared to fire back by embracing the nickname.
— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) July 6, 2021
For those not in the know, the “Kareem Abdul-Drummond” name was popularized by Skip Bayless as a form of mockery to the Lakers big man. It started when Lakers owner Jeanie Buss welcomed Andre Drummond to the Purple and Gold midseason and compared it to when his father, Dr. Jerry Buss, welcomed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the franchise.
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Skip Bayless hasn’t stopped since then, often trolling the Lakers fanbase for thinking Drummond would be their savior like KAJ.
Of course, Drummond didn’t live up to expectations and really struggled to develop chemistry with Anthony Davis on the frontcourt. The lack of time together certainly affected that, but the 27-year-old big man didn’t help his case with inconsistent performances. It is also the reason why he lost his starting job and didn’t play in Game 6 of their first-round postseason series against the Phoenix Suns.
Drummond will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and it remains to be seen if he’ll re-sign with the Lakers. One thing is sure, though: the rebounding machine will head to the 2021-22 season with plenty of fuel.