Following a poor 4-point performance against Golden State Warriors, Skip Bayless criticizes the Laker big man Andre Drummond.
The Los Angeles Lakers have had the most unexpected year this season. LeBron James and his men from being the favourites to win their second-consecutive title to barely making the playoffs.
Injuries are a big reason for the Lakers disappointing season. With superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis missing the majority of the season, 27 and 36 games each, the defending champions fell down the standings over the course of the year. To stop the bleeding amid all the injuries, the Lakers management decided to add yet another big man, Andre Drummond to the squad.
It is safe to say that the 4-time rebound leader hasn’t yet found his rhythm with his new team. In the 21 regular-season games in which the Big Penguin put on the Purple and Gold uniform, he has had an inconsistent and underwhelming performance. Averaging 11.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1 block per game, the two-time All-Star is yet to meet the expectations set for him.
“Andre Drummond just doesn’t work for the Los Angeles Lakers”: Skip Bayless
Many predicted that the new acquisition of Andre Drummond wouldn’t work for the Lakers. Analyst Skip Bayless was among that group of people who didn’t have faith in this particular move.
Right after Andre’s poor 4-point and 7-rebounds performance, Skip didn’t take too long before he criticised the 6-foot-10 giant. Bayless took it to Twitter and slammed Drummond:
“My biggest takeaway for the Lakers: The Big Penguin doesn’t work for them, as I predicted when they acquired Kareem Abdul-Drummond. He’s a lane-clogger and ball-stopper. Can’t wait to hear what Shannon now thinks about his ‘guy.'”
My biggest takeaway for the Lakers: The Big Penguin doesn’t work for them, as I predicted when they acquired Kareem Abdul-Drummond. He’s a lane-clogger and ball-stopper. Can’t wait to hear what Shannon now thinks about his “guy.”
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 20, 2021
Despite Drummond’s unimpressive outing, the Lakers managed to grab the important 103-100 win over an in-form Golden State Warriors team. It was an outstanding 22-point, 11-rebounds and 10-assists triple-double performance by LBJ which sealed the win.
Clinching the 7th seed, the Lakers will go against Chris Paul and his 2nd seeded Phoenix Suns, in the first round of the playoffs. Andre Drummond will have to bring out his best game if LAL wants to make a deep playoffs run.