Andre Drummond initially scoffed when it was suggested what was then a bruised tailbone would keep him away from All-Star Weekend.
He was intent on taking in all the sights and being a part of the experience, despite his back injury keeping him out for the next month, at least.
So there was the 19-year-old, sitting in between All-Stars Kevin Garnett and LeBron James during All-Star Saturday for the dunk contest, 3-point shootout and skills competition, fitting in like the seat was made for him.
As for his play on the floor, it drew the attention of the All-Stars he hopes to join in a couple of years. Heat forward-center Chris Bosh's eyes widened when he was asked of his impressions of the Pistons rookie.
"He's big, God," Bosh said. "I've never seen someone that big so young. He's huge."
David Lee, a forward for Golden State and two-time All-Star, loved how Drummond adjusted to the game so quickly, after an uneven year at Connecticut.
"He's physical, he's good when he crashes the boards," Lee said. "He's got a long wingspan, is a good rebounder and can finish inside. He can really block shots."
First-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers echoed Lee's feelings, when asked if he was surprised by Drummond's freakish athleticism.
"Yes, and his quickness, it's something that's allowed him to use his length," Aldridge said.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130218/SPORTS0102/302180351#ixzz2LGS7E900
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