Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 11:30 am  |  12 responses

Andre Drummond Thanked Dwight Howard for Dominating Him

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard erupted for 35 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks in a 114-97 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. After the game, Andre Drummond thanked Dwight for the painful hoops lesson. Per the Detroit News:

“I thanked him. I told him, ‘Thank you for teaching me something,’” Drummond said. “It was my first time playing him, it was definitely a learning experience for me.”

“That’s a tough situation, being young and everybody wants you to dominate, but he is dominating at certain levels,” Howard said. “As he gets older and matures and learns to play basketball, he’ll be great. I love him.” [...] “I love Andre,” Howard said. “The way he’s been playing this year, I told him before the game, he’s having an amazing season, keep doing what he’s doing. He’ll be fine.”

“I think Andre is already strong. A big, strong boy,” Howard said. “For him, he’s got to continue to work and be patient. Everybody wants everything to happen now and that’s not the mindset you have to have in this league.” Howard has unofficially welcomed Drummond into the fraternity of big men in the NBA, a dwindling club at that. When Drummond thanked Howard for the lesson, Howard coolly replied: “Anytime.”

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  • LLC#12

    Cue the dated comment along the lines of “blah blah I hate friendship in the NBA blah blah these guys should be ripping each others heads off not thanking each other blah blah he should be angry he was dominated blah blah you wouldn’t get this sh*t in the 90s blah blah”

  • Ben Ireland

    I like this… Drummond’s been looking pretty good though I haven’t seen a ton, it’s good that he was reminded how hard he still has to work. Hopefully he reaches his potential!

  • spit hot fiyah

    this is almost like when kirk snyder thanked jerry stackhouse for kicking his ass

  • don

    no comments from howard haters today?


    this is why they’re quiet (35 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks )

  • Lloyd

    I don’t think anyone would say anything about cross-team mentorship, especially when it’s with someone who isn’t a threat to you and there’s no real chance of rivalry there. This is just a young guy showing respect to a vet and said vet acknowledging his game.

    Even in rivalry moments, it’s sometimes cool to see these little moments. Kind of reminds me of Lebron giving Paul George daps in passing after an exceptional 3rd quarter by the younger guy in the playoffs last year. Place and time…place and time.

  • bananas

    That headline sounds so wrong.

  • brothasdontsurf

    Dwight Howard is a doody head

  • grgeblck

    now that you mentioned it…. lol

  • grgeblck

    nice one.

  • uqk

    looks like howard 2009 is back

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    It really is gonna depend on the pistons motivation to make him the primary offensive option and how they nurture that growth