When I covered Andre Drummond at the NBA Draft, it was clear two people were in charge of his circle – and neither was Drummond. One was his uncle, Phil Santavenere. The other was his mother, Christine Cameron.
"I’ve never been a real physical person up until this point," Drummond said last week. "I worked on lay-ups and my next moves and never went with anything strong. He hates it. My uncle hated it with a passion.
"He just kind of gave up trying to get that out of my game. I always made it so he never really said anything to me, but he always told me that whenever you get to the next level, you better not be doing that. You will get your shot blocked."
Cameron is from St. Thomas in Jamaica, moving to the United States in 1989. Her thoughts on life were formed there.
"I grew up on the islands and I grew up a certain way," she said. "I would get my butt whipped. I don’t do it the American way. I’m very firm and very strict with them so I have to discipline them. I keep them on a straight track. I don’t let them run loose. I keep them home."
Drummond admits to scoldings when he stays out too late, but Cameron’s primary responsibility is helping him organize his life.
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