Kyle Kuzma comes to the defense of Andre Drummond, stating how the adjustment from Cleveland to Los Angeles was a tough one.
Entering the 2020-2021 season, the Los Angeles Lakers were easily one of the favorites to win their second-consecutive title. Behind the leadership of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the team looked to be a strong one.
The Lakers even acquired a few star players- Montrezl Harrell, Schroder, and Marc Gasol, this past offseason, to give even more depth to their bench.
The Brooklyn Nets have assembled one of the deadliest teams in NBA history. With LBJ and AD both sidelined with injuries, the Lakers managed to acquire big man Andre Drummond from Cleveland.
Since Drummond’s arrival to Los Angeles, he has been underwhelming so far. In the five games he played yet, he has managed to average a subpar 9.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Fellow teammate Kyle Kuzma game to his defense and stating how the transition for the 6-foot-10 center has been a tough one. Kuz explained:
“I mean, it’s just a process, man. It’s not going to happen overnight. Rome wasn’t built overnight. I think for him, it’s a big adjustment. When you think about it, he’s kind of never really been coached in his career — in Detroit, in Cleveland and then coming here to a championship organization, it’s tough. It’s tough.”
Kyle Kuzma, continuing his run as the undisputed postgame quote king of the Lakers, when asked about Andre Drummond’s ongoing adjustment to the team: pic.twitter.com/k4sLnZOdE2
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“Once AD and LBJ return, it’s going to become much easier for Andre Drummond”: Kyle Kuzma
Andre Drummond has never played in such a star-studded squad ever before in his career. The role he has for LAL is something different from what has been expected from him for the past 8 years.
As per Kyle Kuzma, Andre will have a much stronger impact down the road. Kuz also believes that James and Davis will be able to take most of the load off Drummond when they return. Kuzma stated:
“It’s a huge difference [between] when you’re playing basketball and winning basketball. He’s handled it well, and it’s an adjustment period, and I think once the two big dogs get back, it’s going to be much, much easier for him because it’s going to be a lot more simplified. And you’ll see some big impact games from him down the road.”
As the regular season is about to reach its end, Andre will have to find his rhythm to help his team entering the postseason. Having a mediocre 34-21 record, the Lakers are now on the 5th spot in the Western Conference.