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Andre Drummond’s goal at Team USA minicamp: ‘Take somebody’s spot’

Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe are participating in the Team USA minicamp this week in Las Vegas, which, among its many purposes, serves as a tryout for the national team.

Drummond, via Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:

“Just go out there and try to take spots – try to take somebody’s spot is really what it boils down to,” Drummond said. “I’m not out there for fun. I’m out there for business, so come out there to play as hard as I can. Hopefully, I get noticed and will be on the team. That’s my goal.”

I’ve never heard Drummond take that tone before.

When he slipped to No. 9 in the draft, he said he wouldn’t use the eight teams that passed on him as motivation. When voters left him off the All-Rookie first team, he said he wouldn’t use his his second-team selection as motivate.

For many NBA players, any slight, real or imagine, fuels their fire. They’re constantly looking for sources of motivation to get a mental edge. Getting mad about falling in the draft and not receiving proper award recognition are Motivation 101, but Drummond didn’t take the bait.

Drummond’s fire comes from a different place, I think a desire to please.

This is very different. He’s playing this week with a chip on his shoulder, and I’m excited to see whether this brings his game to another level.

37 Comments

  • Jul 23, 20139:31 pm
    by tarsier

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    I like that he wants to beat people, not because they insulted him, but because it’s his job.

  • Jul 23, 20139:38 pm
    by thegreat

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    WOW!!!!! A positive article from Dan Feldman 

    • Jul 24, 20137:09 pm
      by anacaniwelk

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      It’ll be a positive article from Feldman only if it’s about Drummond.

      • Jul 24, 20137:24 pm
        by tarsier

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        well drummond is the biggest positive the pistons have going for them

  • Jul 23, 201311:26 pm
    by jacob

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    Hell ya  Dre. Either way this should be a good experience going up against good competition.

  • Jul 23, 201311:54 pm
    by gmehl

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    I’m not buying it that he doesn’t use any slights against him as motivation. I just think he is smart enough to just not air it publicly which I think stems to his good family upbringing. Somewhere down below his love for penguins lies an angry 7ft beast that if pushed and prodded hard enough will fcuk you up. I really hope the persons spot he is aiming to take is Cousins case that asshole needs to be put in his place.

    • Jul 24, 201310:23 am
      by tarsier

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      That’s possible, but it would be so boring and cliche. So I’d like to believe otherwise. Why does everyone have this insistence that athletes have to constantly be getting pissed off at everyone for perceived slights? What is wrong with a guy having motivations other than indignance/anger/revenge?

  • Jul 24, 20132:50 am
    by I HATE FRANK

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    First off want to give Drummond of Props, for what he has been doing this summer …. but I believe Sheed has given Dre a nice kick in the butt. Remember AAU Drummond really was not being coached up, at Uconn he was not really being coached up, in Detroit everything was develop him slowly and the bigs had Roy Rodgers as their coach and still question how effective that was; but now he has a guy like Sheed not only teaching him how to play, but mentally and emotionally is telling him that he should be dominate, and Dre is listening 

    • Jul 24, 20134:16 am
      by gmehl

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      Yep you could just imagine Sheed sticking his foot up Dre’s butt for being too nice on the court. Sheed would stick it so far up his ass he’d be shitting sneaker for a week :-)

      • Jul 24, 20139:44 am
        by sebastian

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        gmehl and I HATE FRANK are died on it. ‘Sheed has gotten into Dre Drummond’s ear.
        Look out, NBA!

  • Jul 24, 20133:11 am
    by goldengut

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    don’t forget him and Monroe were also being coached by akeem the dream , one of the best center to ever play

    • Jul 24, 20138:39 am
      by tarsier

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      i don’t think that has actually happened yet

  • Jul 24, 20136:27 am
    by Derek AKA Redeemed

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    This new tone sounds like Sheed putting his imprint on Drummond and Drummond embracing the influence.  Patrick Ewing had a similar effect on Dwight Howard when he came on staff with the Magic.  Shoot, Pat had that effect on Yao Ming too.  So it goes to show you what can be done with a big when he’s got the right influence.

    I like hearing that Dru dropped fat percentage and is down to 5% body fat.  The knock on him was work ethic and motor.  I like seeing him be so physical in summer league, thought was Dru such a nice guy he wouldn’t be able to manhandle opponents in the paint.  I like hearing this new tone, because I’m sure the thought following him into USA camp was he was just happy to be there.

    Dominate Dru!

  • Jul 24, 20137:38 am
    by Tyrone

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    I agree, this has Sheed’s stamp all over it… That is a good thing for Drummond.  Greg also has publicly said he wants to be on Team USA and also have fun enjoying the experience.  I hope that they both make it, but also I dont hope that they end up befriending other players and plan to become the next big 3 in another location other than Detroit…

    • Jul 24, 20137:46 am
      by Keith

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      Don’t worry, we’re 5 years or more from needing to worry about that. The beauty of restricted free agency.

      • Jul 24, 20137:54 am
        by Count that baby and a foul

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        Also, it would be easy for one to join two here more so then for two to join up with one on another team.

        • Jul 24, 20139:50 am
          by MIKEYDE248

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          Todays NBA is all about destination now.  Everyone wants to play in a big market (LA, NY or Chicago) or get tax breaks (Texas).

          • Jul 24, 201310:36 am
            by tarsier

            Hence why the last two titles were won by the Heat?

          • Jul 24, 201310:40 am
            by Huddy

            Guys liking NY ad LA isn’t a new phenomenon.

    • Jul 25, 20136:26 am
      by Derek AKA Redeemed

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      In some respects, Drummond reminds me of a young Dennis Rodman.  Rodman came into the league from a family who essentially adopted him and gave him stability.  He went to a Pistons team that became for him a surrogate family.  He ran through walls for that team, especially for Coach Daddy Rich (Chuck Daly).

      I see that same energetic intensely loyal sense of family in Drummond.  He’s a kid from a big close knit family who came from a college system that was in disarray.  That family atmosphere and structure was lacking in college, but he’s getting it in Detroit.  The more stable we get as a franchise, the best we get out of Drummond and the more likely he is to stay.  In Drummond I see that same potential to lead the league in rebounds and become defensive player of the year…perhaps even more than that.

      I think we’re going in the right direction which suggests leaving for another franchise is probably the last thing on Andre’s mind.  Hopefully we can hang on to Moose.  It’s really hard to say with him having David Faulk as his lawyer.

  • Jul 24, 20139:52 am
    by pollack419

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    Sheed could be like Nate Burlson is for Calvin Johnson. Calvin always had the talent but Nate help him have a swagger and realize how good he is to take it to the all world level!

  • Jul 24, 20132:28 pm
    by Geioff

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    Drummond goes from a lost puppy with the game of a skilless SF in College to a guy who played like he owned the paint as the rawest 19 yr old in the NBA in some time, and y’all assume Frank had NOTHING to do with that? Ignorance. I saw some regression in Drummonds game over the summer, yes he physically dominated, but he did not play intelligently and had several defensive lapses. 

    His game should be constantly looking for back cuts, lobs and catchign and finishing on the move. That is where he is so talented because his hands, body control are unprecedented for a player with his size and explosiveness. He’s a finisher. But he didn’t seem aware of these strengths in the Summer until one game where he was force fed 12 lobs, clearly a team directive. Not on his own volition. 

    I wouldn’t be so quick to think the grass is always greener. Sheed and Cheeks have tall order trying to get Drummond to understand what he is and how he should play. He needs constant encouragement and reminders that he needs to learn to use his body and get to the hoop, not fade and take crazy shots at the first sign of contact. 
     

    • Jul 24, 20134:55 pm
      by oats

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      It was summer league. It’s just a glorified set of scrimmages amongst rookies, low end starters, and D League players. Drummond was so clearly the most talented player there and it wasn’t remotely close. Rookies tend to emphasize their strengths to try to win a job. Returning players that know they will make an NBA roster tend to use summer league as a chance to work on developing a new skill because they have nothing to prove. Drummond had less to prove than every single player in Orlando, and he clearly decided he wanted to work on playing with the ball, work on his jump shot, and work on developing a post game. He also very clearly has a long ways to go, but that’s fine. I really don’t think he will playing that way when the season starts, and that also has nothing to do with coaching. He just will be in a more competitive environment and need to rely more on his best skills.

      • Jul 24, 20135:06 pm
        by oats

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        Low end NBA players, not low end starters. Sorry about that. Low end starters tend to skip this stuff. Heck, the team didn’t bother with playing Kyle Singler because they knew what they had in him and decided they wanted to look more at English, Middleton, and the guys that were extreme long shots like Kyle’s brother EJ. Other than Drummond, the next most experienced guy in Orlando was Reggie Jackson. In Vegas the most experienced player was probably Draymond Green. Players as good as Drummond usually don’t participate in summer league.  If you didn’t notice, even Middleton was using summer league as more of a developmental experience. Middleton clearly seemed more interested in working on his passing than just doing his normal thing that he did last year. That’s just the way guys that aren’t playing for a job look at this thing. It’s just another workout to them.

  • Jul 24, 20132:36 pm
    by Geioff

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    And before anyone says ‘you can’t lob it to yourself’. No, but Drummond wasn’t active on offense, he would plant himself in the low post and never scored when he got it. If you stay in motion players will find you at Drummond size. I hope Drummond never gets it in the low post. I’d like to see others creating until they can find him either at the rim or heading to the rim on the move.. thats where he has incredible offensive capability. But he needs to focus on ths simpler, more boring parts of offense, like timing, shot fakes, pivots and most importantly how to use his body. He should be looking at his teammate Monroe for offensive guidance more so than Sheed. 

  • Jul 24, 20135:39 pm
    by Tempts4ever

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    The following videos should be required viewing for all new Pistons:
     Classics – Intense Practices
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR8t2eB5zbQ
    Pistons Classics – Dynamic Duo
    (For Knight, KCP and Siva
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muYF3ofVvJY

  • Jul 24, 20138:55 pm
    by MrCarter

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    Sorry for nitpicking but is Drummond 6’10 or 6’11??

    • Jul 25, 20137:12 am
      by Derek AKA Redeemed

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      @Mr. Carter Andre Drummond measured out at nearly 7′ (6’11.75″) with shoes on.  Body fat now down from 7.5 to 5.0% while still carrying around 280 lbs.  This is a big dude with surprising agility.  He went through a battery of agility tests with the Pistons training staff and tested in the small forward range.

      The sky’s the limit with this kid if he keeps working hard and listening to his coaches.  If he gets a hook and a drop step it’s a wrap.

      • Jul 25, 20135:46 pm
        by oats

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        Drummond is actually listed at 6’10″ by the Pistons, which is pretty much his height without shoes. Most of the NBA is listed by height with shoes though. Monroe and Drummond had the same height without shoes, but Monroe is listed as an inch taller than him despite being an inch shorter with shoes on at the combine. Monroe’s listing includes his shoes, and his shoes didn’t have the really thick soles that Drummond’s did. Drummond meanwhile is listed without his shoes at all, which then makes me wonder why he had the really thick shoes in the first place.

        • Jul 25, 201310:46 pm
          by tarsier

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          To be fair, I’ve never understood why they list players’ heights in shoes. They can change and suddenly they’re a different height? Also, how are there so many players wearing shoes that make them about two inches taller? That’s an absurdly huge sole, they must pretty much be wearing platforms.

  • Jul 24, 20139:11 pm
    by angry little man

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    Sounds like Sheed has been talking to Drummond.

  • Jul 25, 20136:44 am
    by MrShourite

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    QUESTION: Who the f@ck came up with the nickname “Aquaman” for Drummond? 

    • Jul 25, 20137:16 am
      by Derek AKA Redeemed

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      A fan named Jeff nicknamed him Aquaman.  I can’t see the connection.  Doubt the name sticks.  Drummond likes penguins, why not call him “Happy Feet”?

  • Jul 25, 20136:46 am
    by MrShourite

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    That’s worse than Moose! 

  • Jul 25, 20139:55 am
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Drummond has recieved more praise than any BIG man at he USA invites, End of the day they are going to want atleast one big man that can set creens, block shots and rebound…who isnt going to worry about touches or need touches be effective…

    Durent,Westbrook,Harden and Irving are going to handle the scoring load all by themselves…

  • Jul 25, 20131:32 pm
    by MrShourite

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    LOL! Although that’s not intimidating Derek, still makes more since than Aquaman. I like Awesome Dre, it was the name if a local Detroit hip hop artist back in the day. Kind of reminds you of a hard core Shock G from Digital Underground. Yeah, I know I’m old school. By the way great posts Dan, lately you’ve been on fire putting out good interesting reads. Thanks, keep it up.

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