Drummond clarifies comments: 'I’m more focused on winning'

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr., left, knocks the ball away from Pistons center Andre Drummond during Thursday's game.

Auburn Hills — The Pistons are off to their best start in a decade, but it doesn’t come without some side chatter.

A small percentage of Pistons fans have expressed some pessimism about the Pistons’ 4-0 start — their best since 2008-09 — by pointing out that three of the wins have come against some of the worst teams in the NBA in the Nets, Bulls and Cavaliers, who had a combined record of 3-10 entering play on Friday.

Drummond quote-tweeted my comment about Pistons fans not being satisfied with wins but by how much those wins have come. 

“I am a man of the people and love all detroit fans.... but This is why when media ask do we play for the fans and we say no,” Drummond posted on Twitter. “Nothin satisfies them. Which is why I always say I’m worried about the guys I have in my locker room.”

Drummond later followed with a clarification, feeling that his earlier post was taken out of context.

“Let me go ahead and clear the air before one of you make a story out of nothin,” Drummond posted. “My statement I made means two things: 1) I love all detroit fans and people who follow the pistons. 2) the statement of people not being satisfied of wins, meaning we play to win. This is our job”

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While fans and Twitter followers dissected those comments, Drummond wanted to set the record straight about his online comments after practice.

“For us, we play very hard each and every night and for people to still have something to say by us winning games and throwing negative things at us, it’s a tough thing to deal with,” Drummond said. “No offense to anybody who took it the wrong way. For me, I play for my teammates and I play for my family, and it's all about winning.”

It’s a four-game start for the Pistons, but in a bigger picture, it’s talk after each game that doesn’t recognize the success they’ve had so far under new coach Dwane Casey. Drummond reiterated that he cares about the fans but not so much about their negative feedback on each game and everything that goes on.

“People will read it however they want to. I’m not knocking any fan for having an opinion on basketball — you’re entitled to have your own opinion,” he said. “I’m more focused on winning the basketball games instead of worrying about what people think about our team.

“Apologies to anyone who took it the wrong way. I didn’t mean anything by it. I love Detroit, I love our fans and I love my team.”


Twitter: @detnewsRodBeard