The Lakers won the buy-out sweepstakes by adding the crown jewel of the bunch, former Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond — who also now reunites with prior teammates Markieff Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to form the ex-Detroit Pistons version of Voltron.
Drummond brings a unique skillset to a Lakers squad that has been itching for an upgrade at starting center, and allows current starter Marc Gasol to play matchup minutes rather than extended stretches, especially coming off his recent extended bout with COVID-19.
In the following video, I detailed how Drummond will fit with the Lakers, and what he brings to the squad.
So there you have it. Although it’s likely the team will switch more to a “five-out” lineup in the playoffs with Anthony Davis at the center position, Drummond can certainly fill a significant role by optimizing his strengths. Or, as head Frank Vogel often puts it: By being a star in his role.
Dr. Rajpal Brar has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 1.5 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), and analyzes the Lakers from a medical and skills perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and on his own YouTube Channel.