While discussing the Lakers’ elimination at the hands of the Nuggets in the Conference Finals on his podcast, Drummond wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on the veteran figures in the Green League. One for the Warriors did it via Tristan Thompson, who, after having had an entirely anecdotal appearance in the playoffs thus far, made a notable impact in two rings during the fourth game, prompting Draymond to reflect on the importance of men. inspired. of your profile in different templates.
“Tristan Thompson’s situation is actually part of a bigger problem. After watching him in this game, you can’t tell me he’s not a player who deserves to be on at least 20 teams in the NBA, but he still has years as a free agent. Meanwhile, you have multiple rosters without experienced guys, with leadership problems, with winning mindsets… this is a big problem in the NBA to me which explains why Why do we see many of the things we see?
“I am speaking, for example, about problems off the track, because there is no veteran to guide the youngsters and show them the way,” he continued. «The franchises are waiting for young rosters and they think it will work, but it is not happening. And yet, when free agency starts, nobody will be calling Tristan Thompson.”
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Drummond then referred to another recent conversation between DeMar DeRozan and Paul George, in which both stated that many of the league’s players did not have a true passion for basketball or were willing to make the sacrifices that would be necessary to pursue high competition. But still the demand is significant. in their teams.
“I agree. There are a lot of players like that in the league, and then you have someone like Thompson who plays hard and you know he’s going to bring you the rebounds, the defense, and give it his all. Teams like that who can use it and also an experienced component.
It is inevitable to hear these statements without thinking about the many teams that, either by starting a rebuilding process or wanting to bet on more dynamic basketball, bet excessively on youth and fail to reach their potential mark. The current Grizzlies can be an example, although it is not difficult to find more among templates that have been trying to grow their youth projects for several years and have been unable to achieve it.