Before Andre Drummond joined the Philadelphia 76ers as a backup to Joel Embiid, he was a starter for the Detroit Pistons, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He was an All-Star in 2016 and 2018 and he led the league in rebounding four times.
During the time before he was a Sixer, Drummond and Embiid had a bit of a feud and some beef that would spill off the floor as well as the two of them would go at it on social media. Drummond then buried all of that when he first signed with the Sixers, but it is still interesting to hear what really went down as well as the treatment he would get from Sixers fans when he would come to Philly as an opponent.
In part 2 of an interview with Sixers Wire, Drummond opened up on Sixers fans, his relationship with Embiid, and his Welcome to the NBA moment. One can check out part 1 where he was pop quizzed about his career accomplishments and his relationship with Blake Griffin.
With that said, here is part 2 with Drummond:
Q: How do you feel about Philly? How’s the city treating you?
Andre: Good. I love being here man. It’s definitely a very, very fun city. The crowd is a very unique crowd. When you’re playing at home here in Philly, it makes you want to like beat the [expletive] out of teams because if God forbid you have a bad night here, they will let you know you’re having a bad night!
The fans here are [expletive] crazy, man. It makes you want to play that much more hard just because you know what will happen if you don’t. Like I was telling my mom that [expletive] the other day I was like ‘Mom! It’s [expletive] nuts here’. She was like ‘How’re the fans here?’ I’m like ‘Yo, like it was nothing like you’ve ever experienced in Detroit’. Like, God forbid you have a [expletive] game here, they’re gonna let you know it. Like every time I go, I try to do something good. I gotta do something good. Like something good has to happen while I’m on the floor.
I love it. I love it though. Like they’re so passionate here. I’ve never seen anything like it. Never seen anything like it before. Them and Boston. Boston fans are crazy too.
Q: What was the fan experience like when you were an opponent compared to what it’s like now? Especially with the whole “beef” you had Jo?
Dre: Being an opponent here in Philly, I always loved playing here because I always played to the crowd. I like talking [expletive] to the crowd despite obviously you guys (the Sixers) always having an upper hand against us when we played you guys.
Playing against Joel, there never was, we’ve never any real beef, and I think people really misunderstood that. And the reason why that is is because I never backed down so people thought it was beef. Like he would kill every big in the NBA and they would, you know, go under in a shell like I didn’t give a [expletive]. You can bust my [expletive], I’m gonna keep coming. He’s not just gonna have a free night against me. I’m gonna keep playing regardless of how well he’s playing. He knew that too. I think that’s kind of why he respected, I would say respected, my game because I just wouldn’t back down from him regardless of how well he played. And being on his team now, it’s very, very fun just seeing him every day and seeing his day-to-day and seeing how much of a great guy and helluva player he is and a great teammate.
Q: What does an Andre Drummond game day look like?
Dre: My game day’s are very boring, man. I go home after shootaround. I eat, I sleep from whenever I get back, so let’s say I get back at 1. I’ll sleep from like 1:45 to 3:50 and I get up and leave the house by 4:00. I won’t eat again until after the game because I don’t want to feel full during the game. So I’ll come to the arena, sit at my locker for 10-15 minutes, go into the training room, get all my body work done stretching and all that too, get taped. By the time I’m done with that, there’s 60:00 on the clock, I go out to the court, warm up, and then I’m back at my locker.
Sixers Wire: Do you listen to any music before a game?
Dre: I meditate before games. I missed that part. I find like a 15-minute block where I’ll just be to myself and I soak everything in and get ready to go out there.
Q: You got a favorite cheesesteak spot yet?
Dre: I haven’t had a cheesesteak here. Last time I had a cheesesteak here was when I signed. I think I was doing my physicals and they (the Sixers) brought me one. I don’t even know where they got it from.
Q: What was your “Welcome to the NBA” moment?
Dre: Dwight Howard. You gotta check the stats on what he did the first time I played him. After that was when I started lifting weights. That [expletive] would never happen again. I was so defeated after that game. I couldn’t do nothing! He was still Dwight at that time.
Howard ended up having 35 points and 19 rebounds in a Rockets win.
Source: Yahoo Sports