Kyle Neubeck: Drummond on the past Embiid squabbles: “For me there was never any real beef…the way we play, sometimes we talk, i don’t think it goes any further than that…we’re on the same team now”
Rich Hoffman: Andre Drummond on Joel Embiid: "I don't think there's anything to hash out... Trash talking is part of the game... I'm excited to be on the same team as Joel."
The third and final Andre Drummond-Joel Embiid matchup of the season didn’t feature any flagrant flops or taunting gestures, as even the league’s resident troll was relatively demure in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 116-102 win over the Detroit Pistons at Wells Fargo Center on Monday. .... Drummond remembers being a teenage rookie and having to psych himself up for games. In this instance, he had to take the reverse approach. “Gotta calm down a bit,” Drummond told Yahoo Sports. “It depends on who you’re playing against. A guy like [Embiid], it’s a show. He puts on a show for everybody. You can’t get caught up into the antics.”
This is a sport of drama and ego, and at the league’s most physical position, Drummond felt compelled to oblige with some of the nonsense. “You know, it brings out your competitive edge when someone’s talking trash, consistently, over and over again,” Drummond said. “It’s gonna wake you up eventually, like, ‘Damn, I need to say something back or do something.’” Drummond admitted that aspect took him out of his comfort zone. “I did a really bad job of feeding into that,” he said. “That’s not who I am. So I can’t really get into that. The last couple games I’ve left it alone and didn’t get into it.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey in pregame: "It's not Joel Embiid vs. Andre Drummond -- I don't look at Twitter or InstaFam. It's the Detroit Pistons vs. the Philadelphia 76ers."
Rob Perez: oh let’s go Round 4. First play of the game, Embiid burns Drummond and stares him down. pic.twitter.com/dDAwApbeJA
Vincent Ellis: #Pistons Andre Drummond on rescinded tech and Joel Embiid's flopping warning: "It was a mistake obviously. It shows what kind of player he is. We won the game. That's all that matters."
Last night, Joel Embiid acted his way to a cinematic flop that led to his arch nemesis Andre Drummond being ejected. After the game, Drummond was mad online calling out the “fat outta shape” Embiid on the comment section.
Drummond grabbed a defensive rebound and raised his left arm to fend off Embiid. Embiid could have earned an Emmy for the way he acted. But referee James Williams was fooled and Drummond was hit with his second foul. Embiid yelled: "Get him out of here!" Embiid tried to deflect from Drummond since the Pistons won, but with prodding, he finally gave the reporters what they wanted. "Obviously, on the second [technical], you can see that he hit me and his hand actually touched my face," Embiid said. "So that's his problem. "Like I said, I feel like I own a lot of real estate in his head."
Casey said he didn't see Drummond's second technical foul or what caused it, but his center has to be able to keep his cool in critical moments. "One thing we got to do, we got to keep our head, and I told our team, we hurt ourselves as much as they hurt us," Casey said. "We got to keep our head, and we're learning, we're young. I love our guys, but we get excited, and we just got to maintain our focus, maintain our poise, and don't let a guy talking stuff to you take you out of what you want to do or flop or whatever it was, I really didn't see it.
Vincent Ellis: One thing to note: Drummond made this comment to Kane yesterday. It wasn't in response to the shooting stuff from this morning. It was in response to the no-defense stuff.
Johnny Kane: In response to Embiid, Drummond told me, "I mean you can't really have a conversation with a man who can't play a back-to-back... I've been playing for six years and I've missed maybe 4-5 games. So when he can play a whole season without taking a rest, he can come talk to me."
September 19, 2021 | 9:01 pm EDT Update
Before we get you out of here, have to pepper you with a few Lakers questions. How are you going to look in purple and gold? Carmelo Anthony: [Laughs] That’s a good question. I think it’ll be fun. I’m really going to enjoy it. I sat and talked about the loyalty and learning the business of basketball so now being in this part of my life and my career it’s like I understand it. So I’m going into it with a different mindset and type of understanding with what’s at stake. What do we have to do, what do I have to do in order to make this work? I’m looking forward to it, to be honest with you.
For the naysayers, like me, who question how this Lakers roster will work over a long regular-season and into the playoffs, especially because you guys are historically old, why are we fools for doubting? Carmelo Anthony: To be honest, I think it’ll be too easy for you guys to be like, “Yeah, they’re going to be like this.” It’s too easy. You guys are baiting people to start a debate. It’s all about debate. We get it. We understand it. This is what you guys have to do. We understand that and we laugh at it and take it with a grain of salt and move on because everybody on the outside have their opinions about it and we’re the ones who know who we are. We know what we have to do. We know how we going to do it. Those are the things we have to deal with. So it’s easy for the outsiders or naysayers to give their overall perspective and it’s very opinionated. And ya’ll should do that. [Laughs] You should do that because it bring more viewers and bring more eyeballs and bring more conversation and more anticipation. If and when it does happen, winning a championship, that’s the fun part.
Arash Markazi: LeBron James watching the early games at home and the Cowboys-Chargers game at SoFi Stadium with Magic Johnson. pic.twitter.com/uipHywLNgX
Knicks guard Evan Fournier has expressed confidence in the future of France’s national team, discussing his vision for the program in an interview with L’Equipe (hat tip Sportando). Fournier, 28, was part of the French team that nearly defeated Team USA in the Gold Medal Olympic game last month. While his team narrowly missed out on a gold medal, they did beat Team USA in an exhibition contest two weeks earlier. Fournier led all scorers with 28 points during that outing.
“We have to promote our sport culture, stop being afraid of being ambitious,” Fournier explained. “I want this to change and our team can do it. We are not afraid of anyone. My vision is to become as dominant as Spain has been in the last fifteen years. Tokyo is just our first final … I want to win Eurobasket 2022. This is not the time to stop. We have the opportunity to build a dynasty. “This team must grow every summer, relive the same emotions, reactivate what has made possible our success in Tokyo: putting aside the ego, fighting for each other, having this winning mentality. And starting over every year. It is an opportunity for our sport, but also something that can go beyond basketball, help sport in France. We can set an example for an entire generation.”
Arash Markazi: “The Logo” Jerry West is at the Cowboys-Chargers game at SoFi Stadium. He was also at groundbreaking of the Clippers’ new $1 billion arena across the street on Friday. pic.twitter.com/wWJOZD9BKW