Montrezl Harrell Takes Massive Shot at Ex-Team Lakers Amidst Breakout Season With Wizards

Published 11/07/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Mar 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Montrezl Harrell (15) hangs on to the rim after a dunk during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports


For 27-year-old Montrezl Harrell, the sheer contrast between last year and the current one is mind-boggling. Having been heavily criticized for his lack of being able to conduct play as a center-forward, Harrell seems to have found his feet at Washington. The Lakers, having lost hope, decided to offload the powerhouse. Perhaps they will now be regretting their decision. After another impressive win against the Grizzlies, the experienced campaigner decided to take a sly dig at his former side.

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Last season, Harrell had a rather abysmal campaign with LeBron James and co. More often than not, he was warming the bench, only playing key roles off of it. He averaged 13.5 points across the season, but never seemed to be in his element. On the other hand, critics have been silenced this year, with the #6 having a breakout year. So far, he has amassed 18 points on average, and has been a vibrant asset in the Washington buildup. Owing to his magnificent performances, the Wizards sit comfortably within the top-8.

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Oct 5, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Washington Wizards center Montrezl Harrell (6) reacts after a play against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Montrezl Harrell takes a dig at Lakers following recent success

The Los Angeles Lakers clearly didn’t find Harrell worthy of being a starter. In close to 70 games last year, he managed to earn himself a start in only one game. It can be argued that Harrell’s natural role is a play maker off the bench, but he has already been the starting center in two games thus far. Evidently unhappy, the 2020 NBA Hustle Award winner took a shot at the yellow brigade.

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In Friday’s straight-forward victory, Montrezl Harrell was the top scorer for Unseld Jr.’s side. In an interview after his dominant performance against the Memphis Grizzlies, Harrell addressed the sudden elevation in his form. Asked why and how he’s playing better this year, the former Laker stated, “Montrezl Harrell is on the floor, brother. That’s the biggest difference.” In all likelihood, it was an indirect message to former coach Frank Vogel.

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It is certainly a treat to the eye, watching an in-form Montrezl Harrell in action. His vast improvements come as a sign of optimism for the Wizards, who will battle to reach the playoffs. Can the big man ensure a victory of the highest magnitude? Let’s wait and watch.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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