Lakers Reveal Date for Ben McLemore Debut, Andre Drummond’s Return

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel can’t wait to see Ben McLemore on the floor and the guard will make his debut with the team sooner than expected.

As you may be guessing, McLemore will be able to play on Thursday. LA plays against the Miami Heat. Vogel said his new player Andre Drummond would be back on the field on April 8th, too.

“He [McLemore] is available. … If we have the opportunity to get him in there, we’ll get him in there,” Vogel said.

Lakers fans can’t wait for the Ben McLemore debut

McLemore had his first session with the media. What can we say… The former Houston Rockets guard is more than excited to share the floor with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

“I think McLemore used the word ‘happy’ approximately 40 times in like 4 minutes, and he wraps up by saying it again,” Silver Screen and Roll’s Harrison Faigen noted on Twitter. “‘I’m just happy. I’m excited to get started.’”

When it comes to Drummond, he told everyone that he is ready to play Thursday. The big man may be missing a toenail, but he is definitely playing.

Players may be available, but this doesn’t mean they are going to see real action. Will Vogel put McLemore on the floor right away? The Lakers head coach has nothing but great words for his new player. LA deals with too many injuries at the moment and seeing McLemore on the floor tonight wouldn’t surprise any of us.

Vogel praised the veteran guard

According to Vogel, McLemore is an elite shooter.

“He’s a guy that we had to know where he was at all times in that Houston series [during the 2020 playoffs] because he’s such an elite shooter,” Vogel said after the Lakers’ win over the Raptors. “Like I said, we’re trying to win a championship here. So, as much firepower as we can get, as many weapons as we can get we’re going to try to get. Ben instantly elevates our ability to knock down threes on the backside when double teams come and to play the drive and kick game that the modern NBA is made on. So, we’re thrilled about his addition and looking forward to getting him into some minutes and into our program.”

We don’t know much about LeBron and AD. The latter hasn’t played since February, but he has seen some on-court activities. In other words, AD could return to the floor in the near future. LeBron will miss more time.