LOS ANGELES — What seems more clear, as time goes on, is that the Lakers’ centers aren’t necessarily battling each other.
Even though Marc Gasol admitted that moving to the bench was “a hard pill to swallow” after Andre Drummond joined the team, Drummond said behind the scenes, Gasol has been a great influence and “the biggest help” for a new Laker learning the ropes.
“I was always going to him and asking him questions when it comes to the defensive aspect of the game and just spacing-wise offensively,” Drummond said. “Because he’s been here, I admire his game, I’ve gotten a chance to play against it for many years, and just to know his knowledge of what it takes to be a winner.”
Still, there are only so many minutes to go around for Gasol, Drummond and Montrezl Harrell, who are all at center – a position of continuing intrigue for the Lakers as none has emerged as a clear-cut answer more than a month since Drummond signed. The rotation has been even more squeezed by Anthony Davis’ minutes at the middle, which will almost certainly be a lineup in the playoffs.
Even though the three centers say they get along as well as could be expected, it’s an uncomfortable jockeying for three established players who could start for other teams. One potential look – playing Gasol alongside Harrell in bench lineups – has been almost entirely dismissed, though…