There was a lot of excitement when the Los Angeles Lakers signed Montrezl Harrell this past offseason.
The move was viewed as one that simultaneously accomplished two different things: one it bolstered the defending champs’ big man rotation and two it weakened the Los Angeles Clippers.
Given that Harrell was coming off a year where he averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game on 58 percent shooting, ultimately winning Sixth Man of the Year honors in the process – the rationale made sense.
Unfortunately, Harrell simply could not replicate that same level of success with the Lakers. His averages in 2020-21 dropped to 13.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and .7 blocks per game. As a result, he has fallen out of the rotation completely and his minutes have gone to Andre Drummond and Marc Gasol.
This week, Harrell aired out some of his frustrations on Twitter by liking posts questioning his lack of playing time with the Lakers.
Harrell has always used social media as a means of speaking out. He did it earlier this week when he savagely roasted the struggling Clippers, he has done it in heartbreaking fashion to reveal real-life struggles, and he will likely continue to do so going forward.
Will that ultimately lead to him seeing an increase in playing time with the Lakers as they march towards their second straight title, though?
That’s one way to get over a loss. https://t.co/17jpFpu2Ej
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 23, 2021
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.