Lakers big man and former Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell recently took to social media to speak about his personal struggles.
Harrell has never shied away from voicing his opinion, whether it be on or off the court. The Lakers big man recently led out his emotions in a tweet while mourning the loss of his grandmother last year.
Harrell’s grandmother passed away in July 2020 when he played for the LA Clippers. He left the NBA’s bubble to be with his family during that time and even spoke about how much the loss had affected him.
The former 6th man of the year recently stated that how some fans had brought the death of his grandmother following the Game six loss of the Lakers to the Phoenix Suns.
Montrezl Harrell said he is still struggling with the loss of his grandmother, which trolls used after Game 6: “There’s dummies out there, heartless people who get on social media … people had the nerve to say ‘F my grandmother.’ I wish they were there to say it to my face”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 4, 2021
Harrell, who was coming off the bench, played only 4 out of the 6 games in the first round of the playoffs. The Lakers big man averaged 9.8 MPG in those 4 matches. Despite this fact, Harrell averaged 5.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 SPG, and shot 57.1% from the field.
Montrezl Harrell is still reeling from the unfortunate demise of his grandmother
Lakers head coach Frank Voguel was heavily criticized by analysts for benching Harrell during the playoffs.
The former NCAA champion recently expressed his grief on Twitter while talking about his grandmom and stating how much he missed her during his tough times.
This the times I need you the most Ma! 🙏🏿🙏🏿
Hurts you not here for me to just call and laugh!
— Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) March 10, 2021
The tweet even caught the attention of Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, who consoled him with a heartfelt message.
We love you Montrezl ❤️ here is a hug until I can see you🤗 https://t.co/HsDh1ge1QS
— Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) March 10, 2021
Harrell tweeted earlier today about how he doesn’t expect sympathy from anyone just because he speaks his mind, he further added by saying that he does it to feel lighter from inside.
Don’t feel bad for me I don’t speak on what I’m going thru for sympathy. I do it just to get it out my brain…..
— Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) June 27, 2021
In the 69 games, he played this year, the Lakers big man averaged 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds while he only played 22.9 minutes per game.