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Montrezl Harrell Gets Honest About Difference Between Lakers And Clippers

Montrezl Harrell Gets Honest About Difference Between Lakers And Clippers

Montrezl Harrell capitalized on a fantastic 2019-20 campaign to become one of the most desired free agents around this past offseason. Ultimately, he signed a two-year, $18.9 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. It was a move that was widely applauded.

Given that players like Luke Kennard walked away with four-year, $64 million deal recently, it’s safe to say that a talent of Harrell’s caliber likely could have gotten a bigger deal than the one he received from the Lakers. That said, he saw something in the purple and gold that he thought would work well for him – and thus far he has been proven correct.

So far this year Harrell is averaging 12.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25 minutes per game for the Lakers. Recently, he opened up about why he and his new team have been such a perfect fit in the early going.

“It’s definitely a great feeling to have chemistry and the camaraderie that the guys have with one another already early in the season,” he said.

“Honestly, the only thing I think that’s going to happen is that it’s going to continue to grow. Guys, it’s a great vibe. It’s a great energy around us, man.”

That vibe was on full display when Lakers center Anthony Davis jabbed at him over his interesting shoe choice recently. 

Harrell also really loves the system he is in, and how it allows for players to thrive.

“It’s really just being able to just play my game and just not being kind of told, ’You always got to be this, this or this.’ It’s kind of been the system I’ve kind of been playing in for a while. It’s got to be threes, layups or let’s get free throws. But that’s not like that over here,” he continued.

“They play to the style of everybody’s game, and we’re not looking at anybody that you have to do this, you got to do that, man. We play basketball over here with the Lakers. It’s a free-flowing game.”

Through seven games, the Lakers boast a record of 5-2. Harrell’s contributions are a big reason for why it has been such smooth sailing so far.

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Carlos Garcia

A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.

One Comment

  1. If he is talking about the system he was in last two seasons or so, that’s Doc’s system. He took that with him to Philly and wherever he’s been. So he is throwing shade at Doc’s system, not the Clippers specifically because that system failed for longer than it should’ve lasted. And Doc was the one who gave him the chance to develop his potential, into what he is now or at least it was on his watch. What nonsense is he going about as usual, in his tiresome, clumsy, lame, ridiculously persistent attempts and cheap shots directed at his former team, teammates and coach. It’s getting really stale.

    He’s part of that team that epically failed, he can’t extricate himself from that, unless he’s delusional. If he can do that, then anybody on the team can do likewise. It’s a rotten egg to begin with who can’t own up to and tries to whitewash his role alone in a debacle or tragedy he was involved in and intrinsically was a part of. He failed like everybody else on that dysfunctional team. He was one part like everybody else that contributed to the whole. He seems not to understand that well established, basic concept. Players or people who understand that, don’t keep blaming his co conspirators in the group and objective he was likewise stuck with, non stop, while making themselves look like the only victims in that process. That’s straight up villainous in character.

    Franchises goes with the hired coaches’ system, whoever it maybe at any given time. They do not wholly commit to a singular system of play as a organizational identity. Quite simply, some coaches fail their employers, some succeed.

    Most coaches and players act like professionals. Very little about smart, salaried players are taken personally. Most of them know and learn they won’t last long that way.

    Maybe Trez tried to shade the Clippers but expectedly missed the mark badly again. He was the guy who started making all the dirty laundry public. The guy is a man child, tactless, indiscrete, toxic and reactionary; he has little control or discipline over his mind and mouth. He is bitter and vindictive. No one is even remotely trying to unlucky attack or shame him from his former team. Not even his former coach. He must put this petty one sided banter to rest. Blake did the same thing. It’s just sour grapes, nothing but pointless poison tongue service.

    If his intention is to make the Clippers look bad, they are already. But he can’t try to detach himself from that by doing this facile cover up job he’s doing with the lakers, make himself look better and not look cowardly. You were a part of that atrocity, man, own up to it, stop trying to look like you weren’t. It’s bad enough you treacherously turned your back on your mates and jumped to the opposing ship bearing full malice with that act, but to diss them all while trying to elevate yourself is plain rotten.

    What this guy is doing is the opposite of admirable media folks. You seem so swept up by it’s sensationalist aspects.

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