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Lakers star LeBron James debuts new nickname for Andre Drummond after Game 2 vs Suns

LeBron James, Andre Drummond, Lakers, Anthony Davis

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers lost Game 1 vs. the Phoenix Suns but responded in a big way and stole Game 2 as the series heads to Staples Center. Andre Drummond was huge in Game 2, posting a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double in a 109-102 victory for the purple and gold. In doing so, LeBron has apparently given him a new nickname.

That’s a creative one, definitely. After all, a huge performance like that in the playoffs could have teams calling Drummond in the summer as he is set to hit free agency. After being bought out from the Cleveland Cavaliers and then deciding to join the Lakers, he has been on and off thus far.

He played 21 games for the Lakers in the regular season, posting averages of 11.9 points with 10.2 rebounds as he filled in for Anthony Davis, who was out for some time with an injury. Ever since the return of Davis, Drummond’s minutes took a bit of a hit.

Formerly known as The Big Penguin, it’s an interesting new nickname, and coming from The King it’s hard to argue with it. Nonetheless, Drummond’s performance in Game 2 was huge and it doesn’t seem as if head coach Frank Vogel is willing to phase him out of the starting lineup, no matter how much fans beg for Davis to start at the center position.

If Drummond can continue to string together performances down the stretch for the Lakers on their quest to a title repeat, he could be in line for a massive payday in the summer.

For now, the Lakers are trying to fend off the Suns, and LeBron and Davis will prepare for the first Purple and Gold playoff game at Staples Center in nearly a decade.