Marc Gasol may have turned to his best efforts since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in Tuesday’s 110-101 win over the Toronto Raptors, but LA coach Frank Vogel has remained steadfast: Andre Drummond has been central to the team’s start.
“No, we’re going to start Andre, that’s what we signed with him here,” Vogel said. [Drummond] It took him several minutes to familiarize him with our system with only X number of games before the playoffs and he will be our starter … [Gasol’s performance] Doesn’t change that. “
Vogel made his remarks after being asked if Gasol’s performance on Tuesday required him to reconsider.Gasol had a season-high 13 points and tied his season-top spot with nine rebounds and four assisted blocks. The Lakers make a 34-point lead.
Gasol, initially disrupted in changing roles, told reporters last week that Drummond’s addition to a “hard-to-swallow pill” was fully on board, with the idea of increasing the gap for an increase in the marketing market. Acquired after the game Raptors
“I will be prepared. I will tell you: I am completely dedicated to the team, I will always be ready when someone calls,” said Kasol. “I understand that we have to get André to get used to what we are trying to do. Do we have to get our two main ones back – Bron. [LeBron James] And AD [Anthony Davis] Whenever they return – and they have to take the group and do chemistry with the first unit. I will be ready no matter what. Whether it is five minutes and 10 minutes, if it is whatever position. If it were some nights, I probably wouldn’t have played it. But I’ll always be ready no matter what. I made that promise
“It’s a process for me to reevaluate the situation. But as I said, I am fully committed to this team, so whatever I throw at it, I’ll be ready. ”
Drummond has missed out on Lakers’ three games since debut due to a bruised big toe and a torn toenail on the right foot. Vogel said Drummond attended L.A. training sessions in Tampa Bay, Fla., On Monday but still found “tenderness” on his toes before the Toronto game.
“We hope he plays Miami,” Vogel said of Drummond, looking ahead to the Lakers’ next game on Thursday against the Heat.
Vogel insists that “trio” – Drummond, Gasol and Montrezl Harrell – the LA play center will be essential as the team marches into the season. In the hope of defending the champion
As for Gazol, which has averaged 9.7 points with 60% shooting, 7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 blocks in the last three games Drummond has missed as the Lakers have broken two. -1 The 36-year-old reminded him of what he Left in the tank
“You know I can get a few shots, I can play in the post position, I can pass the ball,” he said.