Last season, when the LA Clippers played the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals, Montrezl Harrell struggled against the Nuggets’ size, and while that wasn’t the reason the Clippers blew the 3-1 lead they had in the series, it was undeniably a reason.
This season with the Los Angeles Lakers, that hasn’t been much of a problem for Harrell. In fact, when the Lakers played the Minnesota Timberwolves without Anthony Davis on Tuesday, Harrell tallied 17 points and 6 rebounds off of the bench while posting the second-highest defensive rating (95.1) on the team.
After the Lakers’ won, Harrell was asked about the challenges that come with guarding larger players as an undersized big man, and his response put him in the running for “best quote of the NBA season.”
After @KamBrothers asked Montrezl Harrell about guarding larger players, Trezz said this: "I don’t really believe in that smaller stuff, man, because at the end of the day, if you believed in that, the elephant would be the king of the jungle. And that ain’t happening."— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) February 17, 2021
With that quote, Harrell convinced me that he’s going to be able to guard the likes of Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert in the postseason. However, it also raised another, arguably more important question for me: Could Harrell win a fight against an elephant?
Harrell is listed at 6’7 and 240 lbs. on NBA.com, which is about seven feet shorter and 13,760 lbs. lighter than a full-grown African elephant. As confident as Harrell might be in his abilities, he’s losing that fight 10 times out of 10. However, a baby African elephant is only about three feet and 200 lbs., which is basically Zion Williamson. In a friendly tap-out style grabbling fight, Harrell probably wins that battle.
If the baby elephant and Harrell had to put the gloves on, though, Harrell would probably yield due to the strength of the young elephant’s base.
Harrell won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2020. According to our research, and elephant has never won a Sixth Man of the Year Award.
Trezz definitely has the edge on the court.
The elephant in seven.
Now I have a question for you, our dear readers:
Who would in a win a fight?
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100 Montrezl Harrell-sized elephants
One elephant-sized Montrezl Harrell
Let us know your reasoning behind your answers in the comments below.
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