Andre Drummond Sends Message to Lakers After Injury Scare

Andre Drummond suffered an injury in his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers. Head coach Frank Vogel added him to the starting lineup, but Drummond didn’t have the debut he expected. According to the big man, he lost his toenail in the first quarter of the game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The big man took to his Instagram account to share his thoughts on the debut with the Lakers.

“Not the way I pictured my @lakers debut but felt incredible wearing the purple and gold!!” Drummond wrote on Instagram. “Be back soon.”

The veteran wrote similar message on Twitter.

“Well I lost a toe nail but still felt incredible wearing the purple and gold!!” Drummond tweeted. “Be back soon @Lakers.”

The Lakers ruled him out for the game against the Sacramento Kings. Drummond will miss at least one game. Dave McMenamin from ESPN reported there’s great “optimism” about the big man’s injury. According to this, Drummond won’t miss more than two games.

“There is optimism within the Los Angeles Lakers organization that newly acquired center Andre Drummond will not miss more than a game or two with the right big toe injury he suffered in his debut for the team, sources told ESPN,” McMenamin and Wojnarowski detailed. “The nine-year veteran was officially diagnosed with a bruised toe, and X-rays taken at the arena came back negative, according to the team.”

Drummond finished the night with four points, two assists, one rebound and a block. He played just 14 minutes. Vogel is an optimist about Drummond despite his limited action.

“You see the physical presence that he brings,” Vogel said, per Lakers Nation. “The athleticism blocking shots at the rim, striping the basketball with his quick hands, and the ability to move his feet and contain while taking the big-shoulder contact and staying in there. He’s definitely going to help us on that side of the ball and we saw some [of] it tonight.”

Drummond is entering free agency in the offseason. However, we have every right to believe that the Lakers will try to keep him for the long-term. The team doesn’t have Drummond’s Bird Rights and he may ask for a bigger deal.

Vogel revealed that the Lakers will do what they can to keep the center on the roster.