Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe are participating in the Team USA minicamp this week in Las Vegas, which, among its many purposes, serves as a tryout for the national team.
Drummond, via Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:
“Just go out there and try to take spots – try to take somebody’s spot is really what it boils down to,” Drummond said. “I’m not out there for fun. I’m out there for business, so come out there to play as hard as I can. Hopefully, I get noticed and will be on the team. That’s my goal.”
I’ve never heard Drummond take that tone before.
When he slipped to No. 9 in the draft, he said he wouldn’t use the eight teams that passed on him as motivation. When voters left him off the All-Rookie first team, he said he wouldn’t use his his second-team selection as motivate.
For many NBA players, any slight, real or imagine, fuels their fire. They’re constantly looking for sources of motivation to get a mental edge. Getting mad about falling in the draft and not receiving proper award recognition are Motivation 101, but Drummond didn’t take the bait.
Drummond’s fire comes from a different place, I think a desire to please.
This is very different. He’s playing this week with a chip on his shoulder, and I’m excited to see whether this brings his game to another level.