Los Angeles Lakers big man Montrezl Harrell is in the midst of a very solid campaign with the defending champions.
After he switched over from the Los Angeles Clippers this past offseason, many wondered whether Harrell would regress at all from his Sixth Man of the Year performance in 2019-20. Although his scoring output has dropped this year, he is getting his points on fewer shots and in a more efficient manner. Thus, there hasn’t been a ton of disappointment with Harrell from the Lakers.
Despite that, something seems to be bothering the 27-year-old.
On Tuesday, he posted an extremely ominous message to social media.
Think it’s time I call it quits to everything and everyone!
— Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) March 9, 2021
Obviously in a time when mental health and suicide are at the forefront of many people’s minds, Harrell’s message was extremely alarming.
Shortly thereafter, he offered a follow-up.
This the times I need you the most Ma!
Hurts you not here for me to just call and laugh!
— Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) March 10, 2021
Harrell’s messages prompted Lakers owner Jeanie Buss to express concern.
We love you Montrezl here is a hug until I can see you https://t.co/HsDh1ge1QS
— Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) March 10, 2021
Harrell seemed to be in good spirits earlier in the year. Whether he was bluntly describing the difference between being a Clipper and Laker, or showing off a pair of absolutely hideous shoes, he seemed to be in a good place.
The sudden shift is concerning.
As of Wednesday, Harrell has yet to elaborate on what prompted his original ominous message.
The real star of All-Star weekend. https://t.co/jAMuWDI2Vl
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 9, 2021