Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Detroit's highly touted rookie is all smiles and he thinks its a problem. The 7-footer is afraid that people mistake his joy for the game as a sign that he doesn't take his job seriously. And he wants to do something about it.
Andre Drummond wants you to know that he takes the game seriously, even though the only time he's not actively grinning is when his smiles are uninterrupted by fits of laughter.
This is a strange problem for a new NBA rookie, but Drummond thinks it is serious enough to make note of it. Usually, rookies in the NBA face the exact opposite problem.
Take the case of DeMarcus Cousins. He has been tagged (fairly, I think) as immature because of flashes of anger, poor body language and what many consider a bad attitude. For Drummond people see immaturity because they just don't think he's taking the game seriously.
"That was one of the knocks on me, that I don't take the game seriously. People see what they see on the outside but they don't know how I really feel when I'm playing. When I'm playing the game, I'm as serious as can be. But I never really show people how I really feel on the inside, so they think I'm joking around, I'm playing around. But to me, I'm really playing as hard as I can.
"I enjoy the game. That's why I smile a lot. Playing the game brings joy to my face."
If you didn't think I could combine basketball obsession, a Game of Thrones reference and a clip from America's Funniest Videos, you just don't know me very well.