As soon as he received the ball at the post, on the first possession of the game, a bronca climbed into the Little Caesars Arena dotted with spectators. Now wearing the 76ers jersey, Andre Drummond was warmly welcomed by his former audience during the trip to Michigan.
Due to the health situation, local fans had not really had the opportunity to react to his departure in February 2020 to Cleveland. A formal divorce at the time after asking to be removed from the group.
« It’s basketball at the end of account, relativise le double All-Star. They are sports fans here. They are not going to encourage the opposing team. I still love Detroit, I will continue to say positive things about the city. (These hoots) don’t affect me at all. It’s a basketball game. »
In this case, a match lost by Philadelphia (112-108) in which the pivot, holder in the absence of Joel Embiid, finished top scorer (17) and rebounder (7) of his troop, without having an impact significant on score (-18). His direct opponent, Isaiah Stewart, very efficient (17 points and 12 rebounds), was particularly applauded.
« I’ve been booed a lot of times, resumes the 28-year-old, already in his 10th season in the league. This is not what is going to affect me in one way or another. I don’t eat it but I like it. I’ve been playing for 10 years. I was booed and told to go and show myself a bunch of times, so nothing new. »
He had also been shouted at by this same audience in April 2019, while he was still playing for the Pistons, the night of a missed game due in particular to his awkwardness at free throws.