Roy Hibbert has already established himself as one of the top centers in the NBA. Andre Drummond is on his way there. Drummond was considered a prospect coming out of Connecticut, and he is starting to add some skill to his athleticism. He also had a fan in Roy Hibbert, but after their meeting on November 5th, he seems to have lost a fan:
“To tell you the truth I was a fan of his until tonight,” Hibbert said Tuesday. “He is a real good prospect, but it seemed like he was running his mouth a little bit tonight. He has a tremendous future, but I was a fan of his. I thought he was supposed to have a breakout year this year. Best of luck to him. He can dunk the ball real well and he can block shots and he can rebound. He is going to have a bright future — but I was a fan of his.”
Hibbert doesn’t like yapping on the court. Drummond knows that and admits to trying to agitate him. It was nothing personal. He was simply doing his job and does not care that his fan club lost a member.
“If I lost a fan, I can’t be mad about it,” Drummond said. “If he complained about me talking, that is part of the game. I’m doing what I can do to get in his head, and it obviously worked because he noticed. So I was just trying to play my game and get into his.”
This will be interesting to see how these 2 centers in the East play each other now. Drummond can become a player that can impact the game on both ends, and Detroit is a young team on the rise. I would love to see these two teams play in the playoffs. As for Drummond’s side of the story:
“My goal was to not make it easy for him,” Drummond said. “It was to make it harder to get his shots, like it will throughout the season. The jump hook I tried to bang him to get him off his spot — that is what we worked on in practice. If he is mad about that, then he needs to get used to it.”
This reminds me of old school basketball, where big men stole the show. There are too many guards nowadays.