‘Can’t Guard Giannis’: Bucks Troll Lakers’ Andre Drummond and Anthony Davis During Blowout Win

Published 04/01/2021, 1:12 AM EDT
Mar 31, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; A general overall view of the opening tip-off between Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) and Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (2) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are not the same team without LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They signed Andre Drummond who was expected to fill in for the injured stars, but it hasn’t gone well so far for him either. He made his debut tonight against the Bucks, which didn’t go as planned.

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Not only did they end up losing, but Drummond also got injured. If that wasn’t bad enough, the new arrival was also subject to trolling from the Bucks’ official Twitter account.

During the second quarter, Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo went 1v1 against Drummond in the paint. The Greek Freak performed a pump fake, and the Lakers center took the bait. Giannis then slammed home the dunk on Drummond and got two easy points for the Bucks.

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So the Bucks Twitter account wrote, “Even the new AD can’t guard Giannis,” simultaneously taking a dig at both Drummond and Anthony Davis, who is often compared to Giannis.

Forgetful debut for Lakers’ Andre Drummond

Going from a tanking team to a contending team is always a big jump. So Drummond had a lot of expectations coming in as a new addition. But he had the worst Day 1 he could have imagined.

He played 14 minutes after starting at the center spot. He managed just 4 points, 1 rebound, and 1 block, while shooting a poor 2-6 from the field, gave up 3 turnovers, and had 4 personal fouls.

The 6’10” star didn’t even get a chance to redeem himself in the second half, after injuring his toe and exiting the game.

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Coach Frank Vogel didn’t understand how Drummond hurt himself. But he said the 2-time All-Star wasn’t comfortable. “I don’t know if he got stepped on or whatever, but it was really bothering him,” Vogel said. His X-Ray was negative so there is no fracture, but there will be another evaluation for him tomorrow.

It is a big blow to the Lakers who are already dealing with an injury crisis. Drummond’s arrival was supposed to soften the blow, but this makes it worse.

Mar 21, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward LeBron James (left) and Anthony Davis against the Phoenix Suns during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

They now return to action on Friday, against an in-form Kings team. They have won 7 of their last 9 games, and will pose a serious threat to the Lakers. If they’re unable to improve, they are likely to get their second loss in a row.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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