NBA All-Star Andre Drummond visited Lord’s Cricket Ground yesterday to meet England one day captain Eoin Morgan and New Zealand star Brendon McCullum to learn how to play cricket and to show the cricketers the ropes on the basketball court. During the visit McCullum and Drummond combined for the world’s first “Bowley-Oop” as a basketball hoop was erected on the hallowed turf for the first ever time.
The Detroit Pistons centre padded up under the watchful eyes of Morgan and McCollum and faced some balls, hitting a four and a six in the process. “Putting on all the shin pads and having the thick gloves on is different for me”, said Drummond, “but it’s definitely an experience and it’s been really exciting.”
On his experience at the Home of Cricket, the 22 year old commented: “Today was an excellent experience for me. I’m here on one of the most legendary fields with Eoin and Brendon teaching me a few things about cricket that I didn’t know about.”
Back in his usual shorts and jersey, Drummond then taught McCullum and Morgan how to shoot some hoops on the Lord’s outfield. “I showed them a few things about basketball”, said Drummond, “so today was a
really good learning experience for me and for them. It was definitely a good day for me.”
England captain Morgan also spoke on his day with the NBA star: “It was pretty cool. Not so often you get to shoot hoops with an NBA star. Certainly something different, first time bouncing round Lords with a basketball!” The 29 year-old had never played basketball before, but managed to score some free throws nonetheless.
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Eoin Morgan Transcript
Q: What was it like playing basketball today?
Morgan: Yeah pretty cool, not so often you get to shoot hoops with an NBA star. Certainly something different, first time bouncing round Lords with a basketball.
Q: Who was better, you or Brendan?
Morgan: Brendan, Brendan played a little bit when he was younger, I’ve never played.
Q: If you were have to pick a team of international cricketers, who would you pick?
Morgan: So Stephen Finn would be my first pick and captain. He played Hertfordshire I think Under 15’s or something like that and he’s a big tall man. You’d probably go for other taller guys like Stuart Broad. Then if you were to go for an international team you’d probably get Kieron Pollard – very similar physique to an NBA player.
Q: Who do you think will win the NBA finals, Golden State Warriors or Cavs?
Q: They’ve said Steph Curry is the Messi of the NBA. Who’s the Steph Curry/Messi of the cricketing world?
Morgan: Messi of the cricketing world would be Sachin Tendulkar
Andre Drummond Transcript
Q: How did you find playing cricket?
Drummond: Today was great. Today was an excellent experience for me. You know I’m here on one of the most legendary fields that anybody’s ever played on and for me to be here with Eoin and Brendan. It was definitely an experience for me and I’m really excited to be here, they taught me a few things about cricket that I didn’t know about and I showed them a few things about basketball so today was a really good learning experience for me and definitely a good day for me.
Q: Have you ever watched cricket before?
Drummond: By accident, by accident! I thought it was like some extreme sport at first. This was when was I was younger as a kid, I didn’t really know what it was, I was just probably like 13 or 14 years old. I was just scrolling through the channels and I saw it, I was like I don’t know what this sport is but it seems really intense, I mean it’s really long too. When I got here, I mean obviously I’m a little more knowledgeable about it now as I was talking to Eoin and Brendan and learning so much more about the game. There’s really a lot, a lot of hard work that goes into this game, it is a gruelling game as well.
Q: Was strange padding up? You must not be used to it because basketball you put on just your shorts and your jersey.
Drummond: You know putting on all the shin pads and you know having the thick gloves on you know it’s different for me. But like I said it’s defiantly and experience and I’m excited to be here.
Q: Any chance we’re going to see you playing cricket professionally?
Drummond: Probably not!
Source: Pitch London