Newly-acquired Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond has admitted that he is still trying to find his rhythm with the Purple and Gold. "Offensively, this is probably the worst I've played in my career," Drummond said after Tuesday's game at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
"I'm still trying to figure it out here. I'm not allowing it to take me out of my game. I know why I'm here, which is to help this team defensively. Offensively, it will come for me." Drummond believes he will be able to play his role once LeBron James and Anthony Davis finally return from their injuries.
"I think for us as a team, we're going to find a way to get it done when guys come back healthy," he said. "Because you got to think, we're playing with a different five every night when we're stepping on the court.
So you can't expect us to have much chemistry when we don't know who we're playing with each and every night. So we're hanging our hat on defense and allowing that to project us to a win."
Lakers coach thinks the same as Drummond
"Well I think having LeBron out there with him will contribute, and AD, two of the elite playmakers," Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said, alluding to the 10.9 combined assists the pair averaged this season before their injuries.
"The last two nights have been difficult challenges," Vogel said. "We met a really stingy defense that we played against last night that was intent to not let us post up by fronting and not letting our bigs get any post touches, and tonight they played zone the whole game, you know what I mean? You play zone to take away the post to pack it in and take away players like Trezz and Drummond.
"We just have to take what the defense gives us, which was a lot of perimeter shots, a lot of drive-and-kick situations, and it didn't result in Drum having a high point total." Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma is optimistic that everything will eventually work out well for Drummond.
"I mean, it's just a process, man. It's not going to happen overnight. Rome wasn't built overnight," Kuzma said. "I think for him, it's a big adjustment. When you think about it, he's kind of never really been coached in his career -- in Detroit, in Cleveland and then coming here to a championship organization, it's tough. It's tough."