‘That Sh*t Ain’t Real’: Montrezl Harrell Becomes Third Lakers Player to Voice Frustration About Game Time

Published 07/12/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Montrezl Harrell (15) reacts after making a basket against the Houston Rockets during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


When the Los Angeles Lakers signed Montrezl Harrell last year, everyone was left shocked. He was from their rival team and his addition to the LeBron James and Anthony Davis duo seemed like their best chance towards a second-straight title. However, things didn’t go down the way everyone expected. Now, Montrezl Harrell is showing his displeasure with the way his talents were managed.

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In fact, he isn’t the only one who has expressed a problem with the franchise’s decisions about game time. Andre Drummond and Kyle Kuzma have also spoken about wanting bigger roles.

Montrezl Harrell makes a fuss

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Contrary to expectations, Montrezl Harrell failed to create an impact in the playoffs as he did in the regular season. This had Frank Vogel bench him, and Harrel did not say a word about it then. But it seems like he has had it up to here now.

His frustration was first evident in the series of tweets he rolled out. And now he is replying to all his haters on Instagram who are coming up with different reasons on why he didn’t get enough time to clock in on the court.

When one fan commented that it was because of the matchups, since he is a small-ball center, Montrezl gave it back brutally. Dismissing their claims completely and making his anger evident, Harrel wrote, “That s**t isn’t real.”

The purple and gold isn’t the only team that has had problems with Montrezl’s defense. Even when he won Sixth Man of the Year playing for the LA Clippers, his minutes dropped down drastically from the regular season to the playoffs.

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Kyle Kuzma and Andre Drummond also criticized the Lakers

Bringing in Andre Drummond was another big move by the Lakers that didn’t blossom into what they imagined. But Drummond admitted that if he were given more time to play, he could prove his worth.

Although Kyle Kuzma has been standing in the crossfire for a lot of the blame for the Lakers’ failures this season, he also believes he wants a bigger role. Are the Lakers doing something wrong in not giving them more time to play? Or should they only let players who are more consistent from the get-go and are as productive in the postseason, as they are in the regular.

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Jan 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) drives against San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV (1) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Harrell’s future with the Lakers remains uncertain. He has a player option for the 2021-22 season which he is unlikely to take up considering his resentment towards them.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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