Joel Embiid on Andre Drummond and why he's not worried about him.
— Marshall Harris (@mharrisNBCS) December 2, 2017
Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond are two talented centers, both with their own issues and warts that prevent them from being put in the all-world category.
For Embiid — who’s a likely all-star — staying healthy is his only concern during this early season dominance. Drummond for his part is a great athlete and terrific rebounder, but rivals Shaquille O’Neal in free throw shooting madness.
“no disrespect, but he can’t shoot.”
So, you know, I just gotta worry about the defensive coverages that we have. As you’ve seen they run a lot of down screens, backside action, and he’s always the roller so he gets a lot of lobs and stuff, so as a team we gotta make sure that don’t happen often, and make sure we close out on shooters too.”
Drummond — who is here for the back and forth — responded the way everyone else does, question whether “The Process” is durable enough to talk his talk.
“I mean you can’t really have a conversation with a man who can’t play a back-to-back,” he said, per Fox Sports Detroit’s Johnny Kane. “I’ve been playing for six years and I’ve missed maybe 4-5 games. So when he can play a whole season without taking a rest, he can come talk to me.”
In Drummond’s defense — he’s only missed three games since the start of the 2013-14 season.
In what should be an electric matchup — Drummond is averaging 14.3 points, an NBA-leading 15.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.
Embiid — a likely All-Star — is averaging 22.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 blocks per game, on 49.3 percent shooting from the field.
In response to Embiid, Drummond told me, "I mean you can't really have a conversation with a man who can't play a back-to-back… I've been playing for six years and I've missed maybe 4-5 games. So when he can play a whole season without taking a rest, he can come talk to me."
— Johnny Kane (@JohnnyKaneFSD) December 2, 2017
See you Dec 2nd😏
— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) October 24, 2017