Andre Drummond on Relationship with Joel Embiid: ‘Never Any Real Beef’
The Sixers and Andre Drummond agreed to a one-year deal on Tuesday for the veterans minimum, meaning the Lakers and Sixers essentially swapped centers this offseason with Dwight Howard going fro Philly to LA and Drummond moving from LA to Philadelphia.
The two have certainly had a history as chronicled here in a series of social media posts from Embiid over the years with Drummond playing with the Pistons and Cavs in recent seasons.
There was a 2018 match up where Embiid called Drummond a bum on social media, after he was tossed from a game while playing for Detroit.
Today Drummond was asked about his relationship with his new teammate and how he sees the two co-existing.
"For me there was never any real beef," Drummond said. At the end of the day, its the game of basketball, we're both competitors. The way we play, sometimes we talk, I don't think it goes any further than that. I don't think there is any kind of real beef or any kind of malice towards each other.
"We're on the same team now, its nothing that I'm thinking about or really gonna bother me."
Dummond has been one of the leagues best rebounders since 2017, winning the rebounding title three times and finishing fourth last season. Overall his 13.7 rebounds per game is the best active average in the league.
Here was their first meeting as teammates on Wednesday at the Sixers facility.
Drummond will be the backup to Embiid, but was still very productive as a starting player last season in Cleveland, averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 25 games before signing with the Lakers. In LA, he averaged 11.9 points and 10.2 boards.
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