Marc Gasol may have done his best since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in a 110-101 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, but Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel is still determined: Andre Drummond is the team’s starting center.
Vogel said: “No, we want to start Andre. That’s why we sign him here.” “We need to get [Drummond] In one minute, he can adapt to our system by only participating in X games before the playoffs, and he will become our starting player. … [Gasol’s performance] Will not change this. “
Vogel spoke after being asked if Gasol’s (Tuesday) performance gave him any reconsideration. Gasol scored a season-high 13 points and tied his season high with 9 rebounds and 4 blocks, helping the Lakers get a 34-point lead.
Gasol was initially reluctant to change roles. Last week, he told reporters that Drummond̵
Gasol said: “I will be ready at any time. What I will tell you is: I have served the team wholeheartedly. When I call the number, I will always be prepared. “I know we have to let Andre adapt. What we are trying to do.We must get back our two main people-Brown [LeBron James] And advertising [Anthony Davis] Whenever they come back-they have to let this group go forward and do some chemistry for their first unit. No matter what happens, I will be ready. Whether it’s five minutes or ten minutes, regardless of location. If it is night, I may not play. However, no matter what, I will be prepared. I made that promise.
“It is a process for me to reassess this situation, but like I said, I am fully committed to this team. So no matter what I encounter, I will be prepared.”
Drummond has missed the Lakers’ past three games since his debut because of an injury to his big toe and tore toenails on his right foot. Vogel said that Drummond participated in Los Angeles practice in Tampa Bay, Florida on Monday, but his toes were still a bit “soft” before the Toronto Olympics.
Vogel said when talking about Drummond: “We hope he can play against the Heat.” He looks forward to the Lakers’ game against the Heat on Thursday as scheduled.
Vogel insisted that all three people on this team-Drummond, Gasol and Monterrey Harrell-need the center of the game in Los Angeles because this team is heading towards the playoffs and wants to defend Own championship title.
As for Gasol, in the last three games that Drummond missed, he averaged 9.7 points, 60 rebounds, 7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 blocks. When the Lakers were 2-1, the 36-year-old Of players reminded him to stay in the tank
He said: “You know, I can shoot. I can play on the job. I can pass.” “I do a good job sometimes.”